Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Toland first to file for Bonner Springs council

January 6, 2011

The first candidate officially filed for this spring’s Bonner Springs City Council elections early this week, and he is not an incumbent.

David Toland, 38, filed earlier this week for the Ward III council seat. A lifelong resident of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville area, Toland said he filed out of a growing interest in local government and hopes to improve city services for all Bonner Springs families.

On Wednesday, Mayor Clausie Smith became the second to file for the election. He announced last month that he would be running for his fifth term as mayor this spring.

Toland said his father served on the Edwardsville City Council and his mother served on the USD 204 Board of Education, so they set an example of service.

“I’ve always had the interest in city government and how it worked,” he said. “I thought it was exciting that we have people in this community that volunteer their time.”

Toland is a husband and father of three small children who works as an academy instructor for the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

However, most people in the community know him for his role as a soccer coach. He has been coaching the sport since he was 16, started an area soccer league and served as a coach at Bonner Springs High School from 2000 to 2006 before stopping to focus on raising his children.

When he formerly lived in Edwardsville, he served on the city’s parks and recreation board. He also has served as chief steward for his union lodge and as a member of its negotiating team.

Toland said he decided to run for a council seat at the encouragement of others in the community and to help the city improve.

“I want to do it for my family, my kids,” he said. “This is my town … and I want my family to be raised here. I want this community to provide the best for my children. I want them to have the best they can have in this town.”

Toland said he also wants to see younger families get involved and be represented. He said his goal would be to get younger people to be involved in the community and get more people to vote.

The Ward III council seat is currently held by Bob Reeves, who last month said he intended to file for reelection.

In Edwardsville, Doug Danner has filed for a second term on the Edwardsville City Council. Two other council seats will be considered this spring.

The filing deadline for all seats that will be considered in the April election is noon Jan. 25.

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