Summerfest Arts Faire director running for River Heights City Council

RIVER HEIGHTS — Not only is Elaine Thatcher inviting everyone to attend the 2017 <a href=””>Summerfest Arts Faire</a>, she is also inviting residents of River Heights to consider voting for her in the upcoming election.

Thatcher is one of five candidates running for two seats on the River Heights City Council. The others are Doug Clawson, an incumbent, Quentin Gardner Jr., Shellie Giddings and Chris Millbank.

In addition to serving as Summerfest director, Thatcher is a folklore consultant for museums and arts agencies. She said she decided to run for the office because she felt she could make a great place even greater.

“We don’t have a lot of businesses in River Heights to provide a tremendous amount of tax revenue,” Thatcher said. “We rely a lot on property tax. I know we’ll be facing issues surrounding some of those things, and who knows what else we might deal with. But I’m interested in serving my neighbors and being a part of River Heights. You know, I love this place.”

Thatcher said she’s very proud of the fact that her grandfather, J. Karl Wood, was the first mayor of River Heights. 

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