Archive for Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Candidates advance past primary

Six vie for open Basehor City Council seats

February 26, 2003

Although not official until Friday, six Basehor City Council candidates escaped the primary election Friday, Feb. 25.

Overall, 807 votes were cast Tuesday. However, just 16 percent of the total voting populace in Basehor showed up to the polls -- 269 of 1,584 registered voters cast a ballot during the primary.

There are three open positions on the City Council.

The top six candidates with the highest vote totals advance to the general election April 1.

Below are the results from the primary election, according to the county clerk's office:

  • Iris Dysart, 119 votes or 16.69 percent
  • John E. Bonee, 98 votes or 13.74 percent
  • Joseph Odle, 76 votes or 10.65 percent
  • William W. Hooker, 72 votes or 10.09 percent
  • Joe Hotujac, 72 votes or 10.09 percent
  • David K. Breuer, 66 votes or 9.25 percent

Candidate Steve Cole just missed the cutoff, coming in seventh with 64 votes.

The vote totals for the remaining candidates are as follows:

  • Gerald Manford, 54 votes or 7.57 percent
  • Robert F. Harrison, 51 votes or 7.15 percent
  • Charles Povilonis, 28 votes or 3.92 percent

David Kalebaugh, who initially filed for the election but withdrew weeks later, received 13 votes or 1.82 percent.

Most of the candidates surviving the primary vowed to keep campaigning until April 1.

Dysart said she was surprised to receive the lion's share of the primary votes.

"I was delighted and surprised," she said. "I couldn't believe it."

"I think I've got to keep on doing what I've been doing; getting out there and letting people know I'm running," she added.

John Bonee and Joseph Hotujac could not immediately be reached for comment.

Hooker, a former Basehor mayor, said he expected to come through the primary and advance to the general election.

"I was confident I'd be one of the top six," Hooker said. "I actually thought I'd (receive) a little higher (vote total)."

Breuer also said he would continue campaigning.

"I think my game plan will be to talk to more civic groups," Breuer said.

He also stressed the need for more voters to cast ballots in April.

"I was hoping more would be interested in the city and come and vote. We need more people out there," he said.

Odle, who's running for re-election and is long-time fixture in city government, could not make any promises on campaigning before the general election.

He was recently named state fire marshal and is currently involved in Senate confirmation hearings.

"I never really have done much campaigning," he said. "I'm not sure if I will or not."

Cole, who just missed the cut, is considering a write-in candidacy.

"I'm just thinking about it. I haven't made up my mind yet," Cole said.

He also stressed the need for more experienced, business-minded people to be on the City Council.

"I like this town," he said. "It's my hometown and I'd hate to see us miss a business opportunity because we don't have enough business minded people running for the City Council."

There were some snafus to the Tuesday vote. Leavenworth County officials reported 71 under votes -- votes cast for less than three candidates.

They also reported 36 over votes, where people cast more votes for candidates than allowed.

"We can pretty well assume 12 ballots had over votes because there were 36 (total)," Leavenworth County Clerk Linda Sheer said.

The over votes went to a review board where board members tried to determine the voter's intent, she said.

The Tuesday vote will be validated by county officials at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

The Basehor Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a second candidate forum at 7p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Basehor-Linwood School District office.

Both City Council and School Board candidates will be at the forum.

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