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Election Preview: Mayoral Race in Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring City Hall
Weldon Spring City Hall (File photo)

On April 6, voters in Weldon Spring will head to the polls to elect a new mayor. To help voters get to know who the candidates are and to better understand their priorities for their cities, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine asked each candidate to answer the questions shown below, plus “What specific skills will you bring to the position?”

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has not verified and does not endorse the statements made by the candidates. Candidates in all races are listed in ballot order; incumbents are identified with an asterisk after their names. 

Q1.What inspired you to run for the office of mayor?

Q2.What specific skills will you bring to the position?

Q3. A city focus in 2021 has been the rollout of a community-wide survey seeking input from residents about their level of satisfaction and priorities for a wide range of community services including public safety, parks and recreation, code enforcement, public works, communication and customer service. As a candidate for mayor, what is your satisfaction with the city and what are your priorities if elected? 

Kate W. Bauer

Q1. Strong, libertarian and conservative women and mothers throughout the country have inspired me to run for mayor. At this time, Weldon Spring only has one female alderman represented on its council. I believe I can bring a professional and fresh perspective to the table. It is time for the next generation to step up and serve our community. 

Q2. I own and operate a small business and assist with my husband’s practice. I understand how small business and the economy work from the employer’s view and, having worked in corporate America, the employee’s perspective. I have exceptional customer service skills and an open mind. I will see that budgets are responsibly balanced and taxes are as low as possible without sacrificing the community’s integrity. As a project manager and architectural designer, I have worked with planning and zoning departments nationwide. I know how to draft, read and understand construction documentation. I have the communication and organizational skills to work with various departments throughout government.

Q3. Like all things in life, there is always room for improvement and updates. Some of my priorities include: Ensuring that first responders can be contacted efficiently and effectively. Responsibly balancing the budget, keeping taxes low and maintaining high property values. Preservation, beautification and respect for our conservation areas, farms and parks. Planning and zoning to ensure our roads, sidewalks and sewers are properly engineered and maintained. Ensuring our current zoning map meets the needs of our future vision. Exploring a “hometown” progress plan for potential new boutique commercial development, while still respecting the privacy of our neighborhoods. Navigating our new COVID-19 world while supporting local businesses, activities and events. 

Donald Licklider*

Q1. I’ve been mayor for over 20 years and I would like to complete the projects I have started.

Q2. My skills include experience, people skills and an engineering background that makes me able to do the job. I am always available to every citizen in Weldon Spring.

Q3. I think we’ve come a long way. We’ve upgraded substandard roads. We now have a park and are working on an addition to the park to get it ready for the public to use. We have a quarterly newspaper and a website that we use to keep the community informed. We try to be there to serve the community with anything that requires the city’s attention. I would like to increase the police presence to keep the city safe for all.

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