Mayoral race filled with wild accusations defies Maryland Heights’ usual mundane politics

Maryland Heights mayoral race defies city's usual mundane politics

“It’s not the blood sport it is in other places,” Maryland Heights City Attorney Howard Paperner says of local politics in this northwest St. Louis County municipality.

But the lead-up to Tuesday’s election has included aspects fitting of such a description. The mayor of 16 years, Mike Moeller, is facing his first-ever challenge for the job from opponents Mary Nichols, a state representative, and Sudhir Rathod.

And the city’s voters who live in the Parkway School District will help decide a school board race with a candidate who has identified herself as a Confederate.

In the nonpartisan mayoral race, Nichols has sent out mailings with cartoonish illustrations accusing Moeller of overspending on travel. Moeller, meanwhile, has posted on a website salacious court documents filed by the ex-wife of Nichols’ husband and by a past political opponent.

Mike Moeller
Mike Moeller is the incumbent in the 2018 mayoral race in Maryland Heights.

A campaign flyer from Nichols, a former City Council member and Democratic state representative since 2011 who will be term-limited out of office at the end of this…

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