In 1976, after 4
years in the Navy Seabees and 4 1/2 years
studying Civil Engineering at Rolla, Mayor Eagan
hired me to be the Florissant City Engineer and I
fell in love with the people of Florissant and
Rachel and I raised our six children here.
I remember the
first time I walked inside of City Hall to
interview with Mayor Eagan and I know that I will
remember the first time I enter that same City
Hall as the third Mayor under the current 48 year
We are grateful
for the continued support, encouragement and help
that we received during this campaign and I have
enjoyed meeting so many nice people and hearing
their new ideas for a brighter future for
I answered the
call to duty and volunteered to serve two tours
in Vietnam with the Navy Seabees. After my two
years as city engineer and 32 years serving on
the council I felt a similar call to duty, this
time to serve the citizens of Florissant as
We started this
campaign with a survey to find out what is
important to the voters because this election is
about their investment in our city. As Mayor it
will be my job to inspire all of our various
groups to work together for mutual progress.
As a board
member of the County Municipal League I know the
value of working with Mayors of other cities for
mutual progress for our region. Creating jobs
with progress in Hazelwood, Ferguson or Black
Jack and other areas in North County is good for
Florissant and vice versa.
Again, I would
like to thank the voters of Florissant for this
great honor and ask them for their help and their
ideas and we can all look forward to a brighter
Florissant Voters Choose
April 5, 2011 - Florissant voters
chose Tom Schneider as the city's next Mayor on
Tuesday. Schneider will become only the third
person since 1963 to hold that position.
a field of six candidates, garnering over 37% of
the vote. Incumbent Mayor Robert Lowery did not
seek another term and endorsed Schneider.
thanked the voters of Florissant and all the
workers who helped during the campaign. He said
he's excited about the opportunities ahead for
Florissant is is ready to go to work for the
Here are the
unofficial results from the St. Louis County
Board of Elections:
Candidates Exchange Views,
Agendas At Mayoral Forum
March 10, 2011 - All six
candidates for Mayor in the April 5 election
gathered March 9 at the John F. Kennedy Community
Center to answer questions and exchange their
views and goals for the city's future.
The forum was
sponsored by The Greater North County Chamber of
Commerce and moderated by the League of Women
Voters of St. Louis.
Schneider urged voters to ask themselves some
important questions. He said, "This election
is about your families and the direction of our
city. We are at a critical time. It took 240
years to build our city but the wrong leader
could cause a fast decline. Your vote will impact
Florissant for generations. You must ask
yourself, which candidate has the best
qualifications? A track record of success? The
experience to move our city forward? The
education to understand the challenges and find
solutions? An understanding of what is important
to Florissant? The enthusiasm to gather a
consensus for progress from all
stakeholders?" Schneider concluded that each
candidate should answer these questions.
thanked the Chamber and the League of Women
Voters for conducting the event. Following the
forum, Schneider commented that he was happy to
see such a large audience. "The interest and
involvement of the community is one more reason
why Florissant is a great place to live,"
LEFT AND CENTER: Tom Schneider answers questions
during the Florissant Mayoral Candidate Forum
March 9 at the John F. Kennedy Community Center.
RIGHT: All six candidates await the next question
from the forum moderator. (Click on any photo for
A huge crowd packed into the John F. Kennedy
Community Center for the Florissant Mayoral
Candidate Forum March 9. (Click on any photo for
Mayoral Candidate Forum Slated
For March 9 At JFK Center
March 5, 2011 - The
Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will
sponsor, and the League of Women Voters of St.
Louis will moderate, a Florissant Mayor Candidate
Forum from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy
Community Center, located at 315 Howdershell Road. Doors will open at 6:30
p.m. and seating is limited.
This will be an
excellent opportunity to hear from the candidates
and compare their views and goals in a live
setting. The public is invited to attend.
Another Great Party Saturday at
March 5, 2011 - The weather
outside was gloomy and cold but Rizzo's Pasta
provided a cheerful, warm setting for another in
a series of "meet the candidate"
gatherings for Tom Schneider on Saturday.
volunteers and supporters discussed the campaign
and enjoyed the great Rizzo's food. Attorney Carl
Kohnen provided the afternoon's entertainment at
Personal Message From Robert G. Lowery, Mayor Of
I consider anyone who loves
Florissant to be my friend. I have felt that way
since the day I came to Florissant to work in our
great Police Department over 50 years ago. I have
expressed my affection and love for the beautiful
people of Florissant countless times and now I
would like to thank you for your kind words of
gratitude and your well wishes for me and my
family as I prepare to finish my lifelong career
serving you and your family.
It is important to me that the
next leader of our city has the dedication,
experience, enthusiasm, and leadership it takes
to continue moving our city forward. I have been
serving with such a man since 1976 when Tom
Schneider was hired by the late Mayor James Eagan
to be the Florissant City Engineer. He was there
for us creating a Bridge Replacement program
still in use today.
Tom Schneider was elected to the
City Council just before I became Chief of Police
in 1979. For 22 years I could always count on Tom
to give our Police Department the priority and
resources it needed to keep your families safe.
He was there for our department and he was there
for your protection.
As a 32 year Councilman he was
there for us fighting for street and sidewalk
repair, storm and sanitary sewer improvements,
park and recreation facility and swimming pool
improvements. He created the much acclaimed
Project Lift Off holiday youth event which I
expanded to a monthly event.
While we have not always agreed on
every issue during my ten year tenure as your
Mayor, I know that I can always count on Tom
Schneider to be the first one to support
meaningful and lasting progress for our city. He
was there to promote the completion of many
projects including Cross Keys and the Lindbergh
Most important to me is that Tom
Schneider loves the people of our city. I am
proud to call Tom my friend. I trust Tom
Schneider to do what is right, I am honored to
endorse his candidacy and I urge you to help Tom
become the next Mayor of Florissant.
Robert G. Lowery
Mayor, City of Florissant
are photos from the campaign or other photos
about Tom. Click on any photo to view larger
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Schneider (second from right), who is a
former City Engineer with new City
Engineer Tim Barrett (far left) with electricians
from Kay-Bee Electric at the start of
installation of the solar panels at the James J.
Eagan Center. Florissant goes green!
awards from his Navy days.
Schneider with boots on the ground in
South Vietnam near Quang Tri surveying on a
project to rebuild Vietnam Highway 1.
Tom in the
2008 Veteran's Day Parade.
2011 -- Tom presents the key to the city to
veteran Don Voss at Don's birthday celebration.
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read the following items, which were previously
featured on this site.
26, 2011 - Big Crowd Saturday At Yac's, Next
Party March 5 At Rizzo's
February 11, 2011 - Schneider
Joins Municipal Officials To Kick Off "Year
Of The City"
2011 - Tom Schneider Continues Visiting Schools
To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of JFK's
January 31, 2011
-- Early Bird Party Gets Thumbs Up
January 6, 2011
-- Schneider Thanks Those Signed Petition
January 5, 2011-
Tom Schneider Is First To Submit Petition For
2010 -- Tom Schneider's Thoughts On Mayor
Lowery's Decision Not To Run
BY FRIENDS TO ELECT TOM SCHNEIDER, BOB FREESMEIER AND
HOWARD NIMMONS, TREASURERS