Mayor files for re-election
The race is on as the first Bonner Springs mayoral candidate files for the April 2009 election.
Current Mayor Clausie Smith has officially filed his papers with the Wyandotte County Election office for re-election. He is now at the end of his third two-year term.
“It has been an honor to serve as mayor, and I want to continue helping the community as we move forward,” Smith said in a press release. “I look forward to even more progress in the next two years.”
During his time as mayor, Smith said progress had been made within the city, but that there were still challenges to face and more that needed to be done. Smith cited the opening of the new aquatic center, the start of construction on the new library, improvements to local parks and the expansion of recreation programs as examples of that progress.
Among other achievements, Smith said he was instrumental in the implementation of the CiFi plan, which brought county money into Bonner Springs and had been the base for major street and road improvements such as the improvements made to Nettleton Avenue and Oak Street and scheduled work on Front Street and Kump Avenue.
“Probably the biggest achievement I’ve been part of in the past six years was the historic inter-local agreement, which will allow all cities in Wyandotte County to share in revenues from the destination casino,” he said. “This will benefit Bonner Springs for years to come.”
In addition to his work with the revision of the city’s master plan and the completed studies of future water and wastewater treatment needs, Smith said he was proud of his work with city staff to bring additional retail businesses to the community and lower the mill levy.
Smith has been active in regional governmental affairs including the Johnson-Wyandotte Mayor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors for the Mid-America Regional Council and Wyandotte Economic Development, Inc. He is serving on the League of Kansas Municipalities centennial committee and was named Kansas Mayor of the Year in 2005.
Smith formed the mayor’s youth council composed of eight Bonner Springs High School students. The group meets monthly to discuss issues touching young people in the community. He also conducts a monthly open forum to hear concerns of residents.
Smith has been the chairperson for Tiblow Days for 20 years and is president of numerous local organizations including the Chamber of Commerce. Presently, he is a member of the board of directors of United Way of Wyandotte County and is the organization’s treasurer. He is a director of Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc., and the Edwardsville Kiwanis Club. Smith has been the volunteer statistician for the high school football team for more than 25 years. He was a member of the city council for eight years. Smith also serves as an ex officio member of the band commission and the library board. He has been the announcer for the Bonner Springs City Band for 27 years.
He and his wife, Jean, owned Chieftain-Sentinel Publications prior to retiring in 2000.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Wyandotte County Election office reported that no other candidates had filed for the Bonner Springs mayor election.
Candidates for Mayor and City Council positions must file with the City Clerk. The deadline to file is noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. The Primary Election is March 3, 2009 and the General Election is April 7, 2009.
In the City Council election, the following positions that expire in April 2009 are: Ward I — Larry Berg, Ward II — Tom Stephens, Ward III — Rodger Shannon and Ward IV — Jeff Harrington.