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Basehor mayor to retire at end of term

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia

November 17, 2008

April elections

The deadline to file as a candidate for the April 7 city and school board elections is noon Jan. 27. School board hopefuls must file at the County Clerk's Office; city candidates may be able to file either with their city clerk or the county clerk. Call your City Clerk's Office for details.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia will not seek re-election in April.

Garcia, who was elected mayor in 2005, made his announcement in an interview Monday.

He said family weighed heavily in his decision. His daughter, Nicoletta, will be a high school senior; son T.J. will be entering high school.

“One of the things (about being mayor) is being away from them and not being able to do as much with them,” Garcia said Monday at City Hall. “With my daughter going away to college, I really only have got one year with her being home.”

Garcia said he held off from making his announcement public until after the national elections were completed. Now, however, with the filing deadline for the April city and school board elections looming fewer than two months away, Garcia said he was hopeful the news would bring out potential candidates, both for mayor and for seats on the city council now held by Roger McDowell and Keith Sifford.

“January will be the deadline to put your name in for those three open seats,” Garcia said, “and that’s really only about six or eight weeks off, so if anybody’s interested in running, it’s time to put your name in the hat and start going out, getting people to know who you are and start politicking or whatever you choose to do.”

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