| Jim Thomson (Incumbent)
Jim Thomson is a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights. Six generations of his family have lived in and attended school and church in Richmond Heights, including him and his wife, Kathy, and their two children.
For 34 years, Mr. Thomson devoted his life to the St. Louis Public Schools as a teacher and coach. He retired after many years as a high school principal. The professional and leadership skills he learned helped prepare him for the public service he has been engaged in for eight years. From 2008-2012, Mr. Thomson served as the Richmond Heights Councilman for District 2. From 2016 to the present, he has had the honor of serving as Mayor. As Mayor, he focused on keeping Richmond Heights an inviting and thriving
community where families want to live and businesses want to set up shop. In the past four years, he has formed a Citizens Academy, strengthened the relationship with local schools, opened THE HEIGHTS gym for young people after school, created a Mayor's Youth Council, initiated Unity in the Community programs with local churches, expanded youth summer employment opportunities, and dedicated the Ashe Hudlin Park.
From his perspective, the three most important issues the Mayor hears from residents are the following: traffic concerns - motorists need to slow down and stop at the signs, drive like their child is on the street; housing issues - homeowners need to improve maintenance of yards and homes; and crime - residents need to prevent car break-ins by locking their car doors, calling 9-1-1 if they see something, and/or starting an active Neighborhood Watch program.
Paul Lore and his wife, Judie, have three adult sons. His family has lived in Richmond Heights most of his life, minus 13 years in Kansas City. Judie Lore has served 12 years on the Richmond Heights Library Board.
Mr. Lore is an attorney practicing employment law on behalf of employees, as well as estate planning including Wills and Trusts. He served as a City Councilman for three full terms from 2000 to 2012 for District 1 of the City of Richmond Heights.
From his perspective, the three main issues for the City and its residents are the following: Make neighborhoods priority one. The City should prosper on Galleria sales tax revenues, and should first cut spending rather than pursuing more tax revenues to the detriment of the character and quiet of our neighborhoods.
Second, keep residents informed before the fact. Without public hearings or notice in the City Newsletter, the City presented the Boland/Dale project with major zoning variances to Planning & Zoning for fast-track approval, a formula for divisiveness and hasty decisions. The City again failed to inform residents in the Newsletter about the Townhouses on Dale/Bredell until after approval without public comment on how this project could best fit within the character of our neighborhood. Going forward, the City must inform citizens of any proposed encroachments in our neighborhoods—particularly any large apartment complexes that might be proposed on Silverton (where the church was sold), or any proposed “Ballwin-style” commercial development on Dale, or elsewhere.
Third, the City should act from a position of strength rather than perceived weakness. For example, the City gave 10-year property tax abatement to the Boland Developer while residents’ property taxes climbed skyward. Tighten our building standards. The mammoth Dale/Boland project is constructed with split-faced concrete blocks and faux brick. For a better project: See Brentwood’s multi-family a block west of Hanley/Bruno. Going forward, develop standards and require all future projects fit within the size and character of our neighborhoods.
| District 1
| Gregory Vescovo (Unopposed)
Gregory Vescovo, Jr. and his family have lived in Richmond Heights for seven years. Gregory graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in May 2010 where he was recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to the Community. Gregory has practiced law for approximately nine years. Recently Greg received the honor of being named one of Missouri’s Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers. This honor is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a Civil Plaintiff trial lawyer. This would be Mr. Vescovo's first direct experience in politics, and he is eager to serve Richmond Heights and give back to his community.
From his perspective, the three main issues for the City and its residents are the following: striking a balance between commercial development and fighting to maintain the residential charm that makes Richmond Heights the great community it is; maintaining the services and benefits provided by the City; and achieving these goals while maintaining and strengthening our schools.
| District 2
| Mike Jones
Mike Jones is a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights. He has two grown children with his wife, Barbara, as well as three grandchildren, two of whom attend Little Flower School. He is retired from AT&T and IBEW Local One after serving in the U.S. Air Force. After his service was complete, he was honorably discharged.
Mr. Jones has previously served on the Richmond Heights City Council representing District Two. He is currently a member on the City's Police and Fire Pension Board, Historical Society, and the Veterans Memorial Committee. He is a member of the American Legion Post 111 and the Knights of Columbus Council 11437. He served on the Richmond Heights Transportation Board and Joint Study of Cities in the past.
From his perspective, the three most important issues before the City and its residents are the following: traffic and speeding in our neighborhoods, rundown homes and businesses being brought up to code, and increasing tax revenue without increasing taxes. He hopes to once again join the City Council so he can assist in managing these problems and more.
| Maurice Muia
Maurice K. Muia was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. He and his wife and three children have enjoyed life in Richmond Heights for the past six years.
Mr. Muia earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and pursued a Master's Degree in Sustainability from SLU. Currently, he is serving as the Climate Advisor for the City of St. Louis where he advises the City on sustainable building policy and transportation electrification. He was instrumental in the passing of a historic Solar Ready ordinance for new construction in the City of St. Louis. Prior to his current role, he was an electrical power system engineer with electric utilities across the State of Missouri.
In 2009, he met with Delegate to Congress Dr. Christensen to discuss opportunities for sustainability in island nations for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, he was a Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Maplewood where he worked on Sustainability and Climate Change challenges at the local level. He believes sustainability and climate change are one of the biggest issues facing our local community and all of us as a nation.
From his perspective, the three most important issues before the City and its residents are the following: safety, youth engagement, and continuity. Ensuring the safety in our community for everyone is a key
pillar to the success of Richmond Heights. He believes residents and visitors to Richmond Heights should feel safe all at times. Engaging our youth in careers and opportunities of the future outside of school should create a better environment for our children and families. As we plan our community for the future, we must not forget about our long time residents and ensure that we continue to keep Richmond Heights affordable, safe, and equitable for all that live and visit our great city. I am running to help us make a better Richmond Heights for tomorrow – today.
| District 3
|Megan Moylan (Incumbent, unopposed)
Megan Moylan, our current District 3 Councilwoman, has lived in Richmond Heights since 2005. She and her husband Heath have three children who attend the Maplewood Richmond Heights schools. Mrs. Moylan holds a B.A. in English from Truman State University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Her prior work experience includes teaching, human resources and social services. She currently works as an elementary school teacher.
During her first two terms on the City Council, Mrs. Moylan participated in the budgeting process, worked to keep quality services for residents, and pushed for the building of a sallyport behind the Public Safety building so that arrestees are securely detained. She also
began holding quarterly meetings with residents in district three. She looks forward to tackling additional issues in the City.
From her perspective, the three main issues for the City and its residents include: maintaining a high level of service in our City while staying within budget; preserving the high quality and value of our neighborhoods while also promoting growth; and keeping our neighborhoods and businesses safe for our residents.
| District 4
Danny Hebenstreit (Incumbent, unopposed)
Danny Hebenstreit is a native St. Louisan and has resided in Richmond Heights with his wife and son for the last nine years. Growing up he worked in his family’s hobby shop where he gained an appreciation for the needs and concerns of small businesses. He was employed by Anheuser Busch for 36 years. During his tenure, he served as a shop steward helping to resolve issues between labor and company.
Mr. Hebenstreit is knowledgeable in construction and has owned and operated rental property, giving him insight into the needs of both landlords and renters. He is a strong advocate for education, is civic-minded, and hopes to contribute to the prosperity of the City.
From his perspective, the three main issues for the City and its residents include: promoting quality residential development that is compatible with existing neighborhoods, listening to the concerns of the surrounding residents; finding beneficial shared services to conserve tax dollars while maintaining the high level of service our residents expect.