Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2003

April election takes shape

Eleven Basehor residents file for City Council positions

January 22, 2003

For nearly two weeks, no one filed for open positions on the Basehor City Council.

And then came the filing deadline, Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Two developers, a current Basehor City Council member and a former mayor are among the 11 residents running for three open council positions.

The candidates for City Council are:

  • John Bonee
  • David K. Breuer
  • Steve Cole
  • Iris Dysart
  • Robert F. Harrison
  • Bill Hooker
  • Joseph Hotujac
  • David Kalebaugh
  • Jerry Manford
  • Joe Odle
  • Charles Povilonis

The three longest tenured members of the council, Burl Gratny, Chris Garcia and Odle currently occupy the at-large seats up for election.

Garcia and Gratny followed through on earlier vows not to run for re-election. Odle, too, had considered not running, but filed Tuesday morning at City Hall.

But perhaps the most surprising of the City Council candidates is former Basehor mayor Bill Hooker.

In 2001, Hooker defeated Garcia for the mayor's seat. However, he resigned from the position in August 2002, citing the unwillingness of council members and city staff to support him as mayor.

Two developers also seek seats on the council, John Bonee, who developed the Pebblebrook senior housing center on 155th Street, and Steve Cole, who is building Prairie Lakes, a 100- to 150- home housing development on 150th Street.

On Tuesday night, the Basehor City Council voted 4-1 to appoint Cole to fill a vacany on the Basehor Planning Commission.

"He's made a lot of vocal comments about improving the city so I say we give him a shot," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

A primary election Feb. 25 will pare the candidate list down to six. From there, the three candidates receiving the most votes will win the positions.

The Basehor Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum before the primary election. The date, time and location have not yet been set.

Beginning next week, the Sentinel will run profiles of each candidate for City Council.

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