After six years on the Teutopolis Village Board, Greg Hess says he's ready for a new challenge.
Hess is the only candidate who filed for Teutopolis village president. Incumbent President Jerry Weber is stepping down from the head of the table after three terms.
Hess, who is in the middle of his second term as a village trustee, said several Teutopolis residents asked him to file for the president's job.
"I was asked by several people to try it out and I thought 'why not?'" he said. "I feel like I want to do something a little different in the community."
While Hess is currently unopposed for the president's position, potential candidates in the April 9 consolidated election have until Thursday to file as write-in candidates, said Deputy County Clerk Judy Wiethop.
Municipal clerks and school board election officials had until the end of last month to submit their filings to the Effingham County Clerk's office.
Incumbent Teutopolis trustees John Mette, Greg Oseland and Dave Tegeler are all running unopposed for re-election, barring any late write-in candidacies.
While Teutopolis village races are uncontested, the same cannot be said about the upcoming Teutopolis Unit 50 school board race.
Board President Marty Siemer and board member Carl Repking are both running for re-election, while Randy Bloemer is stepping down from the board.
Former Unit 50 Superintendent Fran Thoele and political newcomer Daniel Burke are challenging the remaining incumbents for one of the three open seats. Thoele is retiring as a superintendent in New Harmony, Ind.
School board races in both Altamont and Beecher City will be contested. In the Altamont Unit 10 race, board President Jim Holland and fellow incumbent Chad Smith will be challenged by Rodney Schultz, Darren Feldkamp and Stacy Alwardt. Incumbent Tammie Sims has not filed for re-election.
In Beecher City Unit 20, Jeff Kline is the only incumbent seeking another term on the board. He will be challenged by Darren Doty, Glenna Gordon and Jacqueline D. Stoldt in a race for three open seats. Incumbents Carolyn Clark and Darren Giles have not filed for re-election.
Dieterich Unit 30 is also losing two incumbents, barring a late write-in candidacy, with the expected departure of Eric Hall and Phil Aherin. Unlike other area districts, nobody is running to replace them.
Board President Mike Winters is the only candidate thus far in the Unit 30 race. If there are no candidates, the board will appoint two people to fill the open seats.
In municipal races, two incumbent chief executives are being challenged this year. Dieterich Village President Burl Griffith faces a challenge from current trustee Brad Hardiek, while Mason Mayor Sandy Henderson will square off against challenger Shane Monnet.
In Montrose, incumbent Village President Dennis Fletcher is stepping down from the top spot. Instead, Fletcher is one of four candidates for three open trustee seats.
Here is a summary of the other municipal races on the April 9 ballot:
¥ Beecher City: Village President Renee Schoenfeld is unopposed in her bid for retention, while Jessica Christianson is unopposed for an unexpired two-year term. Incumbents Kathy Doty and Jason Wells are being challenged by Denise Childress in their bids for the other two open seats.
¥ Dieterich: With Gary Horn and Max Meyer leaving the board, Jo Ann Donaldson is the only incumbent trustee running for another term. She
will likely be joined on the board by Mike Meyer and Mike French.
¥ Edgewood: Ronald James Pagel is unopposed for another term as village president, while incumbent Ervin Yocum is the only trustee on the ballot. If nobody steps up as a write-in candidate, the board will appoint two new trustees after the election. Incumbent trustees Larry Joliff and Gary Ashley chose not to seek re-election.
¥ Mason: Incumbent town council members Vivian Cain and Brenda Byers face challenges from Donald Flowers and Thomas Kelley in the bid for three open seats. Councilman Cecil Bartels is not running for another term. Clerk Tina Moore and Treasurer Melody Culver are both unopposed for re-election.
¥ Montrose: Alicia Westjohn chose not to file for another term as village clerk, but nobody else did either. That means, barring a last-minute write-in candidacy, that the board will have to appoint a new clerk. Meanwhile, incumbent trustees Derek Schorman and Eric Esker are seeking another term against current Village President Fletcher and former trustee Bill Kingery.
¥ Shumway: This is another place that will be short on board members after the election. With the departure of trustees Brian Sandschafer and Sam Sheehan, incumbent Darren Klepzig is the only person on the ballot for trustee. Meanwhile, Linda Moore is unopposed for village president, while Derrick Helmbacher is unopposed for another term as village clerk. Moore would replace David Thies, who chose not to file.
¥ Watson: Duane Sapp is unopposed for another term as village president, while Mary Jane Beck is unopposed for another term as village clerk. Incumbent trustees Colby Higgs and Tom Walker are seeking new terms, where they will likely be joined by John Flack. Trustee Clara Brown chose not to file for another term.
PARK AND FIRE DISTRICTS
Five people are running for as many seats on the reconstituted Dieterich Park District board. They include Vicki Winterrowd, David Faller, Nick Gipson, Mike French and Rachel Meinhart.
Kathy Hartke is running unopposed in the Teutopolis Park District race, while nobody is seeking a park district seat in Mason, even though there are two open seats.
In the Shumway Fire Protection District, incumbents Lloyd Foster and Dwight Klepzig are seeking election as write-ins after nobody filed during the filing period in December.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a rundown of township seats and the list of township assessor positions still left open, see Wednesday's print edition.