Matt Villa

St. Louis Board of Aldermen
4:15 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

St. Louis Board of Aldermen honors Heitert, Villa

Mentioned from left to right, St. Louis Board of Alderman majority leader Fred Wessels honors former 12th Ward Alderman Fred Heitert. They are joined by Heitert's wife, Maryann, and board president Lewis Reed.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

"The last elected GOP official has left the building.”

That's how Aldermen Fred Heitert concluded his remarks at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen this morning as his colleagues paid tribute to his 32 years of service.

Heitert was one of two incumbents to lose re-election bids this cycle.

He was the longest-serving member of the current board, and was ousted six years short of having the longest aldermanic career.

His colleagues who rose in tribute spoke of his wisdom, and the fact that he always paid attention.

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Morning Headlines
8:48 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Ald. Matt Villa steps down, state Senator proposes changing judicial elections, value of tourism advertising increases

Ald. Matt Villa is stepping down as 11th Ward alderman.
(St. Louis Board of Aldermen)
  • A member of a long-time political family in St. Louis is leaving his post as alderman for the 11th Ward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ald. Matt Villa says he needs to focus on expanding the family's business, Villa Lighting.
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