7th Ward April 7th General Election Endorsements

7th Ward Independent Democrats have voted to endorse the following candidates on the April 7, 2015 General Election Ballot:
Re-Elect Board President Lewis Reed
Elect Jack Coatar for 7th Ward Alderman
Re-Elect Katherine Wessling for Board of Education
Elect Charli Cooksey for Board of Education

7th Ward Independent Democrats have voted to make No Endorsement on:
Lafayette Square Special Business District

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

7th Ward Earth Day Census Volunteers Wanted For April

We will be targeting:

  • Graffiti
  • Broken Glass and Broken Windows on vacant properties
  • Dumpsters needing replacement
  • Alley Trash Issues, particularly mattresses & upholstered furniture that can result in flea infestations

More Information.

Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

School Board Candidate Survey Responses

7th Ward Independent Democrats 2015 St. Louis School Board Candidates Survey Results

Part A. The Personal Side of the Candidate. These are the Get to Know the candidates as persons questions. 

Part B. The Candidate As School Board Member. These are the Candidate views and goals questions.

We received responses from Natalie A. Vowell, David L. Jackson, Jr., Katherine Wessling, and Charli A. Cooksey. To date, we have not received responses from Thomas R. Oldenburg and Joey C. Hollins. Oldenburg has since bowed out of the race.

Natalie A. Vowell, David L. Jackson, Jr., and Charli A. Cooksey participated in our Candidate Forum on March 16. Katherine Wessling was out-of-town and, therefore, unavailable for the forum. Joey C. Hollins was contacted several times and did not respond.

15th Ward Democrats also have their School Board Candidate Questionnaire posted online. 

Voters will choose two School Board Candidates at the April 7th General Election. The incumbents are David L. Jackson, Jr. and Katherine Wessling.

Contact, neighborhood, and ward information on the School Board Candidates may be found here.

Information on ballot issues and other candidate races on the April 7th Ballot may be found here.

7th Ward Independent Democrats Endorsements are here.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Proponent Speaker Needed On Lafayette Square Special Business District

We need a Proponent Speaker on the Lafayette Square Special Business District for our 7 pm Monday April General Election Forum. Unfortunately, “Looking Forward Lafayette Square, SBD Study Committee” is not able to provide a Proponent Speaker because of the late notice on our part. The request for a speaker was made this week because we believed that we had a Proponent Speaker and it turned out that we didn’t. Miscommunication on our part.

In lieu of a Proponent Speaker, the group has advised us to refer people to the Lafayette Square website. We have an Opponent Speaker booked, so sending people to a website does not provide proper balance on the topic at Monday night’s event.

We are in search of someone to take one for democracy, read up on the issue from that website, and speak in favor of the ballot issue at the Monday event.

If you are interested in this assignment, please email ward7stl@aol.com or call 436-5311.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

What/Who Is On St. Louis City April 7th Ballot?

If you have links to websites or Facebook pages for any of the candidates that we’ve missed, email to ward7stl@aol.com.

School Board Candidates

In parts of 6th & 7th Wards- Lafayette Square Special Business District
Additional Information from Lafayette Square Restoration Committee
Opposition Information from Concerned Citizens of Lafayette Square

In parts of 26th & 28th Wards- DeBaliviere Place Special Business District

Board of Alderman Races BOA President: Dem Lewis Reed, GOP Erik Shelquist, Green Jeffrey Schaefer

2nd Ward: Dem Dionne Flowers, Green Elston McCowan
4th Ward: Dem Sam Moore
6th Ward: Dem Christine Ingrassia, GOP Dan Elder, Green Jonathan McFarland
7th Ward: Dem Jack Coatar
8th Ward: Dem Steven Conway, GOP Robert Shelli
10th Ward: Dem Joe Vollmer, GOP Daniel Kalaf
12th Ward: Dem Larry Arnowitz
13th Ward: Dem Beth Murphy, GOP Conan Prendergast
14th Ward: Dem Carol Howard
15th Ward: Dem Megan Green, GOP Joshua Simpson
16th Ward: Dem Donna Baringer
18th Ward: Dem Terry Kennedy, GOP Charles Grumbach
20th Ward: Dem Cara Spencer, Green Vicki Ingram, Independent Stephen Jehle
22nd Ward: Dem Jeffrey Boyd, Green Renee Keeble
24th Ward: Dem Scott Ogilvie, GOP Peter Schumaker
26th Ward: Dem Frank Williamson, Green Fred Raines
28th Ward: Dem Lyda Krewson, Green Jerome Bauer

There will be a 7th Ward April General Election Forum at 7 pm Monday, March 16th at Lafayette Park UMC, 2300 Lafayette. School Board Candidates and the Lafayette Square Special Business District will be on the agenda. Refreshments and Attendance Prizes. We are collecting canned chicken soup for food pantry. Open to the Public. Info ward7stl@aol.com or 436-5311.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

2015 St. Louis City School Board Candidates

We will update this information as it is made available to us by the candidates.

Candidate Survey Responses are here.

In Filing Order

Candidate: Natalie A. Vowell
Ballot Name: Natalie A. Vowell
Address: 3867 Shaw Blvd, Apt. 3E, St. Louis MO 63110
Neighborhood/Ward: Shaw, 19th Ward
Occupation: Executive Director, Project Raise The Roof
Cell or Home Phone: 479-387-2328
Email: natalievowell@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votevowell
Campaign Website: www.votevowell.com
Twitter: @NatalieAVowell

Candidate: Thomas R. Oldenburg
Ballot Name: Thomas R. Oldenburg
Address: 6430 Winona, St. Louis 63109
Neighborhood/Ward: St. Louis Hills, 16th Ward
Cell or Home Phone: 314-420-4846
Campaign Website:

Candidate: David L. Jackson, Jr.
Ballot Name: David L. Jackson, Jr.
Address: 3823 Sullivan, St. Louis, 63107
Neighborhood/Ward: JeffVanderLou, 3rd Ward
Occupation: DLJ Construction
Cell or Home Phone: 314-565-9476
Email: david_l_jackson_jr@yahoo.com
Campaign Website: https://stldavidjackson.wordpress.com/

Candidate: Katherine M. Wessling
Ballot Name: Katherine Wessling
Address: 5725 Holly Hills, St. Louis, 63109
Neighborhood/Ward: Princeton Heights, 12th Ward
Occupation: Attorney
Cell or Home Phone: 314-799-6668
Email: jtwktw@sbcglobal.net
Campaign Website:

Candidate: Charli A. Cooksey
Ballot Name: Charli A. Cooksey
Address: 4190 Sacramento, St. Louis, 63115
Neighborhood/Ward: O’Fallon, 21st Ward
Occupation: Executive Director, inspireSTL
Cell or Home Phone: 314-348-0392
Email: charli.cooksey@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charli-Cooksey/731275410314356
Campaign Website: http://www.cookseyforstl.com/
Twitter: @CharliCooksey

Candidate: Joey C. Hollins
Ballot Name: Joey C. Hollins
Address: 3647 Lafayette, St. Louis 63110
Neighborhood/Ward: Tiffany, 19th Ward
Cell or Home Phone: 314-458-5885
Campaign Website: