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No filings for city posts

Three positions up for grabs in April

January 8, 2003

Wanted: Basehor residents willing to attend monthly meetings and make decisions about city business. The position pays $12 a year.

That could be the advertisement the city of Basehor takes out if no one files for City Council elections.

Three positions are up for election in April, and the filing deadline is noon Tuesday, Jan. 21.

In interviews this week, council members Joe Odle, Chris Garcia and Burl Gratny -- the three longest tenured members of the council -- summed up their re-election plans as undecided at best, and not running at worst.

"I'm leaning toward not," said Garcia, who was elected in May 1999 and served a year on the Basehor Planning Commission before that. "I would like to see some different, new faces with new ideas in there."

Garcia has been a past City Council president. He also ran a last-minute bid for mayor in 2001, losing to former mayor Bill Hooker.

Odle, a council member for the last eight years and the city's mayor before that, said he is also contemplating whether to run.

"I doubt that I will," Odle said. "If I file, I'll run, but right now I'm looking into a couple of other things."

Gratny has served on the council for the last six years. He was initially appointed by then-mayor John Pfannenstiel and re-elected to the position in May 1999.

"I don't intend to (seek re-election)," Gratny said. "Six years is long enough. The last time I won, I won by one vote. I figure that number has gone down and not up.

"It would probably be better to have a younger point of view than mine," he added.

The three council seats are at-large positions, so there are no district boundaries.

The only requirements for prospective candidates are they must live within city limits and be a registered voter.

The positions are four-year terms. A primary election will take place Feb. 25 if needed. The general election will be April 1.

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