Tax attorney wins school board seat
By Kaitlyn Syring
Two newcomers will join one incumbent on the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education. After Tuesday’s results were totaled, new board members Richard Zamora and Wynne Coleman and incumbent Gary Johnson will fill the three open seats on the board.
Zamora received the most votes for Position 5, which was the only contested race in the school board elections. Both Coleman, Basehor-Linwood High School receptionist, and Johnson, Union Pacific retiree, ran unopposed in the election.
Zamora, a tax attorney with H&R Block, had 266 votes, retired Basehor-Linwood teacher LeRoy Scharnhorst was second with 229 votes and personal trainer Leigh Farris had 158 votes.
Zamora said he was extremely pleased with the election outcome.
“I’m very excited about the positive results,” he said. “I’m looking forward to serving all the parents and students here in Basehor.”
In the next few months, Zamora said he wanted to start preparing for his term.
“I plan to attend the upcoming meetings to meet current and ongoing members of the board,” he said. “I want to share their concerns and start learning so we can hit the ground running in July.”
Scharnhorst said he was impressed with the voter turnout for the school board.
“I had been worried about apathy with these elections, but people actually got out there and voted,” he said.
As for not securing a seat on the board, Scharnhorst said it was just the way things turned out.
“The people voted the way they wanted, and that’s OK,” he said.
The newly-elected board members will take over July 1.