Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

City, school candidates face Jan. 23 deadline

December 28, 2006

Those Lansing School District patrons and city residents mulling a run for public office have a little less than a month to decide whether to throw their hats in the ring for the spring 2007 elections.

Four seats on the Lansing School Board and Lansing City Council will be up for election April 3, and the deadline for filing is noon Jan. 23, according to Debbie Cox with the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office.

State law requires that school board candidates be registered voters in the district, and it forbids board members from being an employee of the board on which they serve.

Cox said Lansing School Board candidates needed to file for election at the County Clerk's Office, in the County Courthouse, 300 Walnut, Leavenworth. There is a $5 fee that must be paid at filing time.

If more than eight candidates file for the four open school board seats, a primary election will be scheduled for Feb. 27.

Those seeking to run for Lansing City Council must be a registered voter and live in the ward in which they seek to serve.

Cox said filing for a council seat must be completed at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace. There is a $10 fee that must be paid at the time of filing. The fee will be waived if the candidate submits a petition signed by at least 24 qualified electors, which is 1 percent of the number of voters in the last city election.

If more than two candidates file in any ward, a primary election will be scheduled for Feb. 27.

On the School Board, seats held by Shelly Gowdy, Brian Bode, Craig Gephart and Dr. Richard Whitlow are up for election. None had yet to file for re-election as of noon Wednesday, Dec. 27.

On the City Council, seats held by Dee Hininger in Ward 1, Andi Pawlowski in Ward 2, Janette Labbee-Holdeman in Ward 3 and Harland Russell in Ward 4 are up for election. Only Pawlowski had filed for re-election as of noon Wednesday.

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