Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Board candidates run unopposed

January 22, 2003

Some last-minute reshuffling ensured that four candidates running for Basehor-Linwood School Board would be unopposed in the April election.

Current board members Danny Dearinger (position seven) and Kerry Mueller (position three) are running for re-election.

Two district residents Douglas Bittel and Dayna Miller originally filed for positions seven and two, respectively.

But the candidate's original filings changed before the deadline Tuesday afternoon and things got a little trickier.

Dearinger originally filed for re-election under position seven, an at-large seat.

However, he changed his filing to run under position one because Richard Nemchik, who currently represents district one, is not running for re-election and no one had filed for the seat.

When Dearinger switched to position one, Bittel changed his filing for Dearinger's former seat.

What does all this mean? That Bittel and Miller, who both originally filed for position two and would have run against each other, now run unopposed for the school board.

"We didn't have anybody running (for position one) and two running for (position two), so we let them take my position (seven)," said Dearinger, who held the at-large position seven, but filed for election under position one. "We have two great people running and didn't want anyone bumped out."

Nemchik, who was appointed to the board a year ago after former board member Randy Cunningham resigned, said he decided not to run again because of time constraints.

"I've just got too many fires going right now," Nemchik said, citing a career change and continuing his education. "School and work is taking a lot of my time right now.

"I've loved it, but there's a lot of quality time to devote."

Mueller, who has been on the board for the last 10 years, said now is an exciting time to serve on the school board.

"I enjoy it and there are still a lot of challenges facing the district," she said. "I want to be involved in the future of this district."

Dearinger, who has served for four years, said being a school board member is an enjoyable job.

"I want to see the new school built and the bond issue passed," Dearinger said. "But to be honest with you, I love the job. I'm having a blast."

The general election will be Tuesday, April 1. A primary will not take place.

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