Filing deadline approaches
The filing deadline for open positions on the Basehor City Council and Basehor-Linwood School Board is fast approaching, with just a handful of candidates announcing campaigns.
Anyone interested can file at Basehor City Hall or the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
The deadline is noon, Jan. 21.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 15, no candidates had filed for three open City Council seats while four school district residents filed for three School Board seats.
Last week, it was reported that the three longest tenured City Council members -- Joe Odle, Burl Gratny and Chris Garcia -- probably would not seek re-election.
This week, Garcia made a final decision not to run in 2003.
"I've decided not to run, although I don't think it will be the end of my volunteer work in the city," said Garcia, a past council president and mayoral candidate in the 2001 election. "There are some people that have expressed interest in running that I would like to see step up."
Garcia said time was a consideration in not running.
"It is getting to be almost too much to handle and it's only going to get busier," he said.
City Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $12 a year.
The only filing requirements for prospective candidates are they must live within city limits and be a registered voter.
Although there have been no filings for City Council, several people have filed for School Board.
Board positions two, three and seven -- currently occupied by Don Kleoppel, Kerry Mueller and Danny Dearinger, respectively -- are up for re-election.
Both Mueller, position three, and Dearinger, position seven, filed for re-election and are unchallenged in their districts.
Position three covers land south of Kansas 32 Highway and Hemphill Road and extends to the Kansas River; position seven is an at-large position for anyone residing in school district boundaries.
Two candidates have filed for position two, which covers south of Parallel Road and extends to Kansas Highway 32 and Hemphill Road, and is occupied by Kleoppel. The candidates are Dayna Miller and Douglas Bittel.
School officials said Kleoppel will not seek an additional term.
School Board members serve four-year terms. Board members and are not paid for service.
The requirements for filing are being a registered voter and living within the areas for which they are seeking election.