Candidates file for school board, council
Just two weeks ago, the Board of Education was faced with a potential lack of candidates for three open positions.
They don't have that problem anymore.
As Tuesday's filing deadline passed, nine candidates filed for the three vacant positions on the 2001 school board.
If more than two candidates file for a position a primary election is held five weeks prior to the general election. The general election is April 3.
There will be a primary for positions four and five on Feb. 27.
Candidates for position 4 are Ronald Owen, Michael Mustain and Mark Davis. Position 4 covers north of Parallel to Dempsey, and is bordered by 183rd Street on the west and K-7 Highway on the east.
Position 5 serves the central district, which is bordered by Parallel to the north, Hemphill Road on the south (the Sherman Township Boundary Line), 142nd Street to the east and 182nd Street to the west. Candidates for position five are Warren Kennedy, Ronald Grover, Douglas Bittel and Patrick A. Jeanin.
There were only two candidates for Position 6, so there will be no primary election. Position 6 covers the largest district, which is located between the Kansas River and Hemphill Road to the south and north, and Leavenworth County Road 2 on the east and Leavenworth County Road 1 to the west. Candidates for position six are Christopher Claflin and Claude Guidry.
The three positions became open when Board members Chris Coy position No. 4, Pete Beaver No. 5, and Craig Owsley, position No. 6 decided not to return for re-election.
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There are only three candidates for the two open city council seats. The race will not require a primary and will go straight to general election.
The city council positions will expire in April and are currently held by Victor Ziegler and Julian Espinoza.
Espinoza and Ziegler have both filed for re-election. The third candidate, Joseph Scherer could not be reached for comment.