Final spring candidate listing shows a race for every seat
A handful of candidates waited until the final hours leading up to the filing deadline Tuesday morning, but the final list showed a race for each elected position on the Bonner and Edwardsville ballots in this spring’s city and county elections.
2013 Spring Election candidate list
Here is the complete candidate list thus far for city and county positions that will be on the April ballot in Bonner Springs and/or Edwardsville; (i) denotes an incumbent:
Bonner Springs City Council
• Jeff Harrington
• Jack Knight
• George Cooper (i)
• Don Beets
• Ryan Beasley
• Tom Stephens (i)
• William R. Crum, Jr.
• Rodger Shannon (i)
• Monica Shonkwiler
• Kenneth Crosby
• Joe Peterson
Edwardsville City Council
• John “Tiny” McTaggart (i)
• Doug Spangler
Council members (two at-large seats)
• Mark Bishop (i)
• Jason Gillam
• Margaret Shriver
• Bryan Smith
USD 204 Board of Education
(three at-large seats)
• Ray Cox (i)
• Jeff Barger (i)
• Chris McDonnell
• Jeff Tinberg (i)
• David Toland
Unified Government County Commission/ other county seats:
• Nathan Barnes
• Ann Brandau-Murguia
• Mark R. Holland
• Cordell D. Meeks III
• Janice (Grant) Witt
At-Large Dist. 2
• Thomas (TJ) Reardon
• Daniel Serda
• Harold “Hal” Walker
• Tom Cooley (i)
• Jim Walters
• Don Ash (i)
KCKCC Board of Trustees
• Cathy Breidenthal
• Catherine L Durham
• Wendell Maddox
• LaVert A. Murray
• John “J.D.” Rios (i)
• Steven Samuels
According to each city’s city clerk and the unofficial candidate list on the Wyandotte County Election Office website, on Tuesday, two challengers filed to run against the incumbent in Bonner Springs Ward 3, and another newcomer filed in Bonner’s Ward 4. In Edwardsville, a second candidate filed for mayor — the city’s former city administrator, Doug Spangler — while a fourth candidate filed for the two at-large council positions.
The final candidate list means that Edwardsville City Council member John Eickhoff, whom The Chieftain has been unable to reach for comment, opted not to run for re-election.
Among the most recent candidates to add their names to Bonner’s ballot were: Don Beets for Ward 1; Ryan Beasley for Ward 2; William Crum Jr. and Monica Shonkwiler for Ward 3; and Kenneth Crosby and Joe Peterson in Ward 4.
In addition to Spangler in Edwardsville, recent filers include incumbent Mark Bishop and Margaret Shriver for one of Edwardsville’s two at-large council seats. Chris McDonnell also recently filed to make five candidates for three at-large positions on USD 204 Board of Education.
Beets, 66, is a retired business manager for Hallmark Cards and represented Ward 3 on the Bonner council from 1982 to 1988, stepping down because he moved to another ward. He also spent 20 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Bonner Springs Fire Department, “retiring” with the rank of battalion chief in 1999.
Since 1988, Beets has served as a member of the planning and zoning commission and said he was ready to go back to a higher level of community service.
“Now that I’m retired, have time to do that again,” said Beets, who filed for candidacy Jan. 15. “I think with my business background, I’ve got some things to offer.”
Beasley, 37, is a firefighter with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. He said he has lived in Bonner since 2005 and was approached by a few community members about running for council.
“I’m running just to get involved with the community,” said Beasley, who filed Jan. 16.
Beasley said if elected, he would like to push the city to move toward having a full-time fire department.
Crosby, 50, owns Plumber Time in Bonner and has lived in the city since 1974. He said he has long been involved as a volunteer around town.
“I’ve done things on outside, and I’d like to see what I can do on the inside,” said Crosby, who filed Tuesday. “I just want to be a part of everything.”
Peterson, 42, who filed Thursday, Jan. 17, is a transportation supervisor for the Turner school district. He said his family moved to Bonner Springs because his son has special needs, and they thought the school district was the best option for him.
He said he has been learning about community issues since moving here and he wants to see Bonner take advantage of the opportunities he sees with the growth in western Wyandotte County.
“I’d just like an opportunity to help in any way possible to take advantage of that,” he said.
McDonnell, 41, filed for the school board Jan. 17 and continues the trend of firefighters hoping to be elected public servants. The Edwardsville resident also is a firefighter with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department and said he decided to run for school board because he has two children and two stepchildren in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville school district.
“It’s just an opportunity to serve, and it would be nice to have another person from Edwardsville on the board,” he said.
Shonkwiler, 43, is a stay-at-home mom but prior to her recent graduation, she was also a full-time business student at Kansa City Kansas Community College until recently. She said she has been considering running for city council for some time, since her mother is mayor of a town in Oklahoma, and they like to “talk politics.”
Shonkwiler, who filed Tuesday, added that she wanted to run for council because there are some issues she would like to see addressed and because of “the passion I feel for Bonner. I grew up here and now live in the house I grew up in.”
Shriver, 45, is a human resources manager for Boilermakers National Funds. Shriver filed Tuesday in her first attempt to run for city office.
“I want to try to make a difference,” she said of her decision to run. “I want to try to make sure good decisions are made. I want to try to make this a good city.”
The Chieftain did not immediately get a response from Bishop, Crum, Spangler or Smith.