Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2001

Council seats, mayoral post face re-election

January 18, 2001

The Basehor mayor's seat and two city council posts are up for re-election in April.

Currently, John Pfannenstiel plans to run for re-election as mayor and the seats of council members Victor Ziegler and Julian Espinoza will also go before the voters.

The election for the four-year positions will be April 3.The deadline for potential candidates to file for public office is at noon on Jan. 23.

If more than two candidates file for a position, there will be a primary election in February.

Ziegler, who has lived in Basehor since 1980, was first elected to the council in 1997. He said he would probably run again.

"Four years ago, I wanted a handicap entrance for city hall and now there are plans for that to happen. In the next four years, hopefully we can resolve our annexation problems and have an even smoother running government," said Ziegler.

Espinoza will also file for re-election and is looking forward to seeing the growth of Basehor continue.

"From my standpoint, our job as council members is to run an effective government and maintain and preserve the growth of the city," Espinoza said. "A big key for us is to see that that growth is sustained over a long period of time."

Pfannenstiel appointed Espinoza in the wake of council president Robert Vervaecke's recent resignation.

Before joining the council, Espinoza had been active in the Basehor community since he and his family moved to the city in 1999. Before his November appointment, Espinoza served on the board of directors of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates may file at the city clerk's office at city hall or at the county clerk's offices at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. The filing fee is $5. The fee can be waived if the candidate submits a petition signed by 25 registered voters in Basehor. Those elected on April 3 will assume office on April 16.

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