Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Potential candidates have just 19 days left to file

January 6, 2011

Several city, county and school district governing board positions will be up for election this spring, and interested area residents have just 19 days to file as a candidate.

On April 5, voters will consider city council and mayoral seats in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, as well as board of education seats in Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204, the county mayor/CEO and an at-large commissioner, and the Kansas City, Kan. Community College board of trustees. Anyone interested in running for these seats must file by noon on Jan. 25.

To file for any of these positions, applicants must be a resident of the city or district in which they are filing and a registered voter.

In Bonner Springs, four seats with four-year terms on the council are up for election, as well as the mayor, which is a two-year term. Applicants can pick up a copy of the filing forms at Bonner Springs City Hall, where they must also be turned in. There is a $10 filing fee.

Council seats considered in the election will be Lloyd Mesmer’s Ward I seat, Jerry Jarrett’s Ward II seat, Bob Reeves’ Ward III seat, and Wayne Gray’s Ward IV seat. All but Jarrett said they planned to run for reelection.

Edwardsville seats that will be decided this spring include the mayor, a two-year term, and three four-year-term, at-large city council seats. Applicants can pick up a copy of the filing forms at Edwardsville City Hall, where they must also be turned in. There is a $5 filing fee.

Council seats considered in the election will be those currently held by Chuck Adams, Craig Cryder and Doug Danner.

Four at-large seats on the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204 board of education also will be considered in the election. Current board members whose terms are ending are Olliea Jarrett, Gregg Gibson, David Pierce and Connie Hadley.

Residents of the district who would like to file for a school board seat, the county Mayor/CEO, the at-large community college board seat or at-large county commissioner seat must do so at the county election office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. There is a $5 filing fee.

In lieu of paying filing fees, candidates may file by petition. They must get a certain number of signatures from registered voters, depending on the seat for which they are filing and how many people voted for that seat in the last election. For more information about how to file by petition or about filing in general, contact the election office at 571-8500 or e-mail election@wycokck.org.

Election information also may be found at wycokck.org/election (select Departments, Election), or residents may visit voteks.org to obtain information about their polling location, ward and the positions they are eligible to vote for.

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