Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2012

More city elected officials confirm they will seek another term

December 20, 2012

A few more elected officials have voiced their plans for this spring’s city elections.

Mark Bishop, Edwardsville City Council member, said Thursday that he intends to run for his council seat again, saying he’s “still got some work to do.”

Rodger Shannon, who represents Ward 3 in Bonner Springs, also stated he definitely plans to run for re-election. He said he has really enjoyed his time on the council and has been proud of what the city has been able to accomplish even through difficult economic times.

Among city elected officials whose terms are expiring in Bonner and Edwardsville, nearly all have stated they intend to run for office in some form — The Chieftain has yet to receive a response from Edwardsville Councilman John Eickhoff.

Earlier this week, Edwardsville Mayor John “Tiny” McTaggart said he plans to run for re-election.

In Bonner Springs, Councilmen George Cooper, Ward 1, and Tom Stephens, Ward 2, each said they intend to run for re-election to their current seat.

Jeff Harrington, Ward 4, stated he will run, but not for re-election to his current seat — Harrington plans to run for mayor. Current Mayor Clausie Smith announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election.

Jack Knight, who still has two years left in his term representing Ward 1, also stated he will run for mayor.

Three positions on the USD 204 Board of Education also will be considered in the election. Currently holding those seats are Jeff Barger, Ray Cox and Jeff Tinberg. The Chieftain sent inquiries to each but has yet to receive a response.

Countywide, Bonner and Edwardsville voters will consider an at-large commissioner position and the commissioner position for District 7, the Mayor/CEO of the county, the sheriff and three at-large members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees.

All positions considered in the spring election have four-year terms.

For those interested in running for a city council seat, filing forms now are available at the Bonner Springs and Edwardsville city halls, along with voter registration, absentee ballot and advance voting forms.

Those interested in running for a seat on the USD 204 Board of Education or countywide seats must file at the Wyandotte County Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The filing deadline is noon on Jan. 22.

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