Spring election fields set
Late filing forces primary for City Council Ward 2 post
The filing deadline has passed and the field is set for this spring's Lansing City Council and Lansing School Board elections.
And voters in the city's 2nd Ward will be asked to pare one candidate from the field in a primary election on Feb. 27.
Developer David Anaya paid the $10 filing fee Tuesday morning, just ahead of the noon filing deadline, as a candidate in Ward 2. By filing, he joins incumbent Andi Pawlowski and Sherwood Forest resident Mike Howell in the race for the Ward 2 position. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the April 3 general election.
Pawlowski didn't exactly embrace the thought of a primary challenge, but she said she was glad people are interested in the public's business.
"That's the way it's supposed to be," she said. "People are supposed to be interested in their city government.
"The public now has the opportunity to hear everyone's ideas about what they want the community to be, and they'll make the decision."
Tom Smith, a retired Army officer, also has filed to be the Ward 4 council representative. He'll face incumbent Harland Russell on April 3.
Smith, a Lansing Planning Commission member, has served previously on both the council and school boards.
He said one of the reasons he was running was to give voters in the 4th Ward a choice.
Anaya could not be reached for comment.
Incumbent council members Dee Hininger, Ward 1, and Janette Labbee-Holdeman, Ward 3, drew no opposition.
School district voters will see at least two new faces on next year's school board.
Seven candidates filed paperwork with the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office by the deadline to run for the four seats up for election April 3.
The latest contenders are John "Tony" Gable, a Lansing police officer; Richard O'Donnell, Lansing Parks and Recreation basketball commissioner; Joe Walden, a retired Army colonel; and Rich Hauver, a health and wellness equipment territory sales representative.
They join the remaining candidates - Lansing police officer Brian Duncan and incumbents Richard Whitlow and Shelly Gowdy - vying for the spots, which are four-year terms.
Seats up for grabs are occupied by Gowdy, Whitlow, Craig Gephart and Brian Bode.
Gephart and Bode have decided not to seek re-election.
Although he's not ruling out the possibility of serving on the board again in the future, he said the time had come for other community members to step up to the plate.
"I've been on the board seven years, and I think we've accomplished a lot in those seven years and I'm proud to have served," he said.
Bode cited his commute to his job at Kansas City Kansas Community College as part of the reason for not running. Gephart had said earlier his job wasn't allowing him to devote 100 percent ot the board.