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Mobil Expansion Likely Topic at Candidate Forum

Residents impacted by the Mobil expansion in Kirkwood plan to question candidates about the development at a municipal candidate forum Tuesday night.

Updated at 1:13 p.m.

Residents who of the Kirkwood are speaking out again, this time in favor of politicians who they feel will listen to their concerns.

Signs in support of incumbent Kirkwood City Council candidates Gina Jaksetic and Gerry Biedenstein have sprouted in yards along Simmons Avenue and Geyer Roads. . Signs for mayoral candidate Joseph Godi line the streets as well.

A group of residents who actively opposed the development intend to question candidates for Mayor of Kirkwood and those seeking positions on the about the expansion at tonight's candidate forum.

The forum will start at 7 p.m. in Student Center Building, second floor, in Room 200. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions to candidates before the event starts.

Joseph Godi is challenging incumbent Art McDonnell for the position of Mayor of Kirkwood, and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Kirkwood City Council. They include incumbents Gina Jaksetic and Gerry Biedenstein, and challengers Jim Wilder and Nancy Luetzow. Tim Griffin is term limited and must step off the council.

Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that former candidate for Kirkwood City Council Dan Kertz withdrew from the race.

Ron G. March 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I would be interested in knowing how the challengers for Mayor and City Council would be more responsive to constituents concerns/issues.
Vic March 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Joe Godi, Gina Jaksetic and Gerry Beidenstein realize the importance of Kirkwood origins should never taking a back seat to mercantile growth at all costs. Mayor Art McDonnell needs to wake up and smell the roses instead of the green.........the green of mercantile money. Putting merchants out of business, tearing down instead of renovating existing structures and sticking his head in the mud and ignoring increased traffic flow problems and the reality of traffic shortcuts is not someone I can truthfully support as my proud "Mayor." Come-on Art, do us all a favor and step down. Go ahead and take that job offered to you from Mobil............and while you are at it, dont forget to return that missing head that you took. Ole McDonnell had a job..........E, I, E, I, OOOOO Oh !!

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