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Meet the Candidates: Three Candidates Competing to Represent St. Peters Ward 4.

Incumbent Don Aytes faces two challengers: John Durajczyk and Bob Morrison.

Longtime Alderman Don Aytes will face two challengers for his Ward 4 seat this April. John Durajczyk and Bob Morrison have both stepped up to the plate to run against Aytes.

A request for information was sent out to each of the candidates and this is their response. Candidates are being presented in alphabetical  order.

Note: Candidates and supporters should feel free to comment, but please keep things professional. No attacks, no name calling, no profanity. Thanks.

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Don Aytes

Candidate for Ward 4 Alderman

Where do you live? 35 Meadow Ridge Dr,   St. Peters, MO.  

What is your current job/position? Air Force Veteran/Korean Conflict. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years.  

Relevant Experience: I moved to St. Peters in l982, elected and served as Alderman, Ward 4,  from 1984 to 2002. I retired because city was in good shape, but things changed and residents kept asking, "Why did you retire?" I was encouraged to return to the Board. Since I was re-elected in April 2007 we have had four excellent years. We are now paying off the original Rec-Plex bonds and are saving the residents $503,150.00 by paying them off five years early.

Why are you running? The reason I am running, is because the city is doing well. I want to see that continue, and so do our residents as they say we are headed in the right direction. Our counsel said he gave me a lot  of credit for making the city's recycling program a success. I am also active with the Senior Center— I deliver meals and serve on their board. Each Tuesday I pick up day-old bakery goods for the Senior Center and Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Center. 

I have always been proud to represent the residents of Ward 4. 

What do think you can you bring to this position? I will bring my knowledge and experience of how our city can serve it's residents in the best possible way and still stay fiscally responsible. If you want a true conservative to represent you at city hall then I ask for your support on April 5th, 2011.

Contact information: don_aytes@yahoo.com 

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John Durajczyk (der-EYE-chick)

Candidate for Ward 4 Alderman

Where do you live? I'm a 32-year resident of the city and also Ward 4.  My wife Nancy and I have resided in Hidden Pines Estates since 1991.  

What is your current occupation/position? I am a small-business owner of a Union shop called Faithfully Yours Apparel & Promotions,  a custom embroidery, apparel decorator and promotional product distributor.  Nancy and I began this business in 1995.

Why are you running? I'm running for the Board of Aldermen because, I believe, we need to continue to adapt to the changing times.   I’m focused on the issues that impact our livelihood in St. Peters:

  • Job Creation
  • Sensible Business Growth
  • Protecting Property Values
  • Access to Parks and City Services
  • Representation to ALL neighborhoods in Ward 4

Please tell us about one goal you have for this position: The St. Peters Board meets twice per month with two exceptions.   I would like to open an "Alderman is in-office hours" at either City Centre or the Justice Center from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. each of those two Thursdays per month.  I would invite residents in to express concerns or ask questions.

I'm not a career politician.  I bring years of business and practical life experiences to the table to serve my community.

  • Original trustees of Country Creek subdivision
  • Co-founding board member of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County
  • Past Present of St. Charles Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Alternate to Planning & Zoning commission
  • Chaired the St. Peters Celebration Committee which published the "St. Peters Cooks" cookbook
  • Vision Leadership, St. Charles, Class of 2011 member

I love my city and county.  It's a great place to live and work.  These are trying times for our families, and we need to make sure we elect leaders who understand that a healthy job and economic environment is essential to our future.  

 Contact info: 

email: johnd4ward4@charter.net

website: johnd4ward4.com

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Bob Morrison

Candidate for Ward 4 Alderman

Candidate Morrison did not respond to a request for information. 


Bonnie April 03, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Actually PatriotExpression, I have attended a couple of those rallies and have witnessed the same kind of behavior. When respectfully confronted, I was shoved and cussed at. My tax dollars pay for the upkeep and maintenance of our parks and I spend a lot of time utilizing them and their facilities with my family. As a citizen and voter, there was a time when I was very interested in the Tea Party and not only attended a few of their rallies but followed their web sites. I've seen many videos on these sites which were obviously doctored. If truth is being expressed, no doctoring is needed. I'm voting for this candidate. Why you ask? Well, there are several reasons. 1. It's time for a positive change. Our city is changing and we desperately need people who understand this and look to our future....not our past. 2. I've received mailings from both candidates and frankly have found the incumbents to be quite negative while I've found his opponents to be positive and more concerned with the future of our city. 3. I, like so many others are sick and tired of negative campaigns and those who run them.
PatriotExpression April 03, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Change? I kind of like it the way were headed. Be careful what you ask for! Hard for me to see how this video could be doctored when, well, it is what it is,,, what could possibly justify this type of behavior,,, and,,, i wasn't at that event or any other Tea P event for that mater,, oh, wait i was at an inside meeting in Jeff city, other than that none. They seemed to be pretty patriotic, I didn't see any flag dragging or dogs pooping. anyway,,, I don't think the incumbents are promoting the Tparty, it is just that this candidate seemed to trounce on them dis-respectively. I'm not promoting either, I really don't have a dog in this fight,,, just looking at the video. yuck!
b.l.p April 04, 2011 at 02:57 PM
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John Durajczyk April 05, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Dear Patriot Expression; I am the candidate whose behavior shocked you. But frankly, I don't think you looked closely at the blogger's video...I smile a lot and I said only a couple of things which are barely audible. This rally was an open invitation to all on April 15th. It was held on County property free of charge as it was the only venue the K&N folks could find for free. They originally asked St. Peters City Centre to host it, but St. Peters wanted a fee for all the set up, electricity and man-power. County Executive Steve Ehlmann gave our facility away for nothing and we all paid for it. Yes, I watched a man, a veteran, drag my nation's flag along the ground. At first, I thought it was an accident, but he kept doing it. He was obviously not paying attention. When I confronted him, he apologized, but his wife with her pooch, wouldn't stand for my insolence. When a prayer was offered and we asked for prayers for our President, there was silence...no prayer for the black guy in the White House. Each speaker lied about health care, told half truths about tax policy, made promises they couldn't keep which I and two others offered a counterpoint. We were jeered, threatened and even the Sheriff's deputies were asked to arrest us. Notice the deputies and my friend Sheriff Tom Neer around me? We weren't arrested, we weren't struck we expressed our constitutional right. If you want to know what my opponent has done in this campaign contact me. Then you'll be shocked!
PatriotExpression April 10, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Yes, looking at it again, I think you were NOT the highlighted subject of the video, but rather your friend. Guess we are judged by those we associate with as well. I have only been to one of these rallies, and have never seen anything as you described. If I did, I wouldn't like it either. At least the man dragging the flag didn't mean to do it and I am glad you said something to him. But that had nothing to do with the video. Actually, everything your talking about had nothing to do with the video, well, it effected your emotions, but the video seemed to be more about how the two of you, mainly your friend were disrespectfully interrupting the gathering. True or not, in your eyes, you would have to admit that it didn't look good. At least, I would hope you would like to be portrayed in a better light. You sound like a decent man and I will try to judge you in the future with all the facts. Do you know that in order to even get the contact info for the candidates from city hall I had to order a copy, pay seventy five cents and go pick it up! They would have mailed it for an additional fee. Good luck in your future leadership rolls in the city.

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