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And Then There Were None- Wildwood Elections Presented Few Contested Races


Wildwood, which is known for its lively politics, offered only one contested race in April's municipal election. In that contest for a Ward 5 Council seat incumbent Dave Bertolino edged out former Mayor Ed Marshall by a vote of 303 to 276.


When it came to the other seven races for Wildwood City Council, they were decided without contention.


Missouri Municipal League Vice President, Joe Garritano received the greatest number of votes for an uncontested race in Ward 8 collecting 508 votes. "I never take a vote for granted and it is great to see such civic involvement from our residents in Ward eight," Garritano told WWM on election night.


Garritano has also been enjoying some recent success with his active support of a bill in the Missouri Legislature intended to protect resident data from improper disclosure due to Missouri Sunshine Laws. The bill, which Garritano took to Missouri House of Representative Bill Degroot has passed the House, relevant senate committee and is headed to the Senate floor soon. The Bill is House Bill 362. According to testimony by Degroot and Garritano, the bill was inspired by the access of email addresses by former Wildwood Councilman Niles Stephens for the purpose of unsolicited political communication.


In the other uncontested races Larry Brost garnered 392 votes in his re-election to Ward 1, Rob Jakcsy won election to his ward 6 seat with 324 votes, Lauren Edens will be returning to her Ward 2 seat with 382 votes, Katie Dodwell secured another term in Ward 4 with 318 votes, Ken Remy will have a second term in Ward 3 with 342 votes and Nathan Hopper will get his first view from the dais as a Ward 7 Council Member with 353 votes.