Municipal elections are scheduled for Apr. 8, 2014 and the city of Steele has several open seats. Sign ups for running in the election began Dec. 17 and continue until Jan. 21, 2014. According to City of Steele officials, seats that are up for election include the Mayor, Chief of Police, City Judge, Ward 1 Alderman Randy McDaniel and Ward 2 Alderman Richard Shuburte’s seats.
As of story time, incumbent Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield has signed up to run for re-election with no opponent as of yet. Incumbent Mayor Keith Samford had not yet signed up to run, nor has any other candidate.
Incumbent Judge Steve Keating has signed up for re-election, but no one has signed up to run in the Ward 1 or 2 seats yet. According to the Missouri Secretary of State candidates can sign up until the end of business Jan. 21, 2014. Ballots are certified by Jan. 28, 2014 and the election is held on the Apr. 8, 2014.
The city is still in legal proceedings after losing a $345,000 jury trial filed by a former acting Chief of Police Beverly Alexander. After a two day trial, the jury found in Alexander’s favor awarding her $345,000 in actual and punitive damages. Alexander’s attorney filed for legal fees and a hearing was held in November where the city asked the jury verdict to be set aside and fought against the attorney fees. A ruling on that is expected shortly.