Venz to challenge Richards for Festus Mayor

(Festus) The deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the April Municipal Election closed on Tuesday, and there was a late entry to run for Mayor of Festus. Current Councilman Bobby Venz will challenge current Mayor Sam Richards. Richards defeated Venz four years ago in a close race that was decided by 82 votes. Festus City Administrator Greg Camp says the two will face one another again.

Camp says both candidates have the city’s best interest in mind.

Festus is one of three cities that will have mayoral races in April. Longtime Herculaneum Mayor Bill Haggard will be challenged by Ryan Wright, and current Hillsboro Mayor Buddy Russell will be challenged by Douglas Browning Jr. The April Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 4th.