Candidates seek city, school board posts
The filing deadline for the April election has come and gone, and Basehor residents now have a complete list of candidates for the Basehor City Council and Basehor-Linwood School Board.
After candidates filed by noon Tuesday, the list included two candidates for Basehor mayor, five candidates for two Council seats and four candidates for three school board seats.
Basehor voters will have to narrow down the field of City Council candidates to four in a primary March 1. The general election is April 5.
The list of mayoral candidates has not changed since Jan. 3, when retired postmaster and former Basehor-Linwood School Board president Joe Nick filed. He joined Chris Garcia, a former Council president, who announced his intention to run for the position last June.
Newcomers David Povilonis, Terry Thomas and James Washington filed within the last week, joining Keith Sifford and Bob Moore in the race for two at-large Council seats. The seats are being vacated by Sifford and Council president Julian Espinoza.
Povilonis is a manufacturing engineer for interconnect devices in Kansas City, Kan., and has lived in Basehor for the last 3 1/2 years. He ran for a Council seat in the last city election. Povolonis also is a member of the board of directors for Rural Water District No. 1 and president of the Iron Creek Homeowners Association.
Thomas, who has never held a public office, is a senior program manager with Science Applications International Corporation. The Basehor PRIDE member and Falcon Lakes residents has lived in the city for two years.
Washington works in information technologies for Northrop-Grumman, a private company that contracts with the military, in Ft. Leavenworth. He has lived in Basehor for a year and has never held a public office before.
One resident, who in mid-December promised he would file for a Council seat, was not included on the list of candidates. Records indicate that Jerry Barlow, who had previously served three terms on the Council beginning in 1988, did not file for the April election.
Running for the school board's Position Four, Five and Six seats are newcomers Randy Cunningham, who filed for Position Four, and Gary Johnson, who filed for Position Six. Johnson will face off with Paul Smith, who also filed for Position Six. Patrick Jeannin remains unopposed in his bid for Position Five.
Cunningham, a real estate agent, served on the board for seven years and is a former school board vice president. The real estate agent resigned from the school board in 2002 to spend more time with his business and his family.
Johnson is a sheet metal worker with the Union Pacific Railroad and has never held a public office. The Linwood resident has lived in the school district since 1952, and his children attended the district's schools.