Eleven people, including a former city councilmember and the owner of a small business near New Town, have filed to run for five St. Charles City Council seats.
Council seats in Wards 6 though 10 are up for election on April 2. Filing closed Jan. 15. Each of the incumbent council members have filed to run for another term.
Councilman Dave Beckering, Ward 7 and Councilman Ron Stivison, Ward 9, will not face any competitors in this race.
Councilman Jerry Reese will face Richard Wenger, a first-time candidate, for the Ward 6 seat.
Wenger, who is retired from a job in civil service, said since his retirement he's gotten more interested in public service. Wenger said his priorities are finance and budgeting.
"I would be a little more fiscally responsible than I think the city has been in the past years," he said.
Newly appointed councilman Rod Hermann has filed to run for election to Ward 8 and will face former St. Charles Council president Rose Kasper, Justin Collier and Steve Schad, co-owner of Molly O's Tropical Sno and Chili Shack.
Schad, who also works as a project manager for an insurance claims company, is a New Town resident who said he'd like to see the area north of 370 more connected to the city.
"There's been a disconnect between the city of St. Charles and New Town," he said.
Councilwoman Bridge Ohmes has two opponents in the Ward 10 race: Kenneth Wright and Bryce Steinhoff, who was elected in November to the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee.