Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Deadline arrives for those vying to fill spots

January 29, 2009

A total of nine candidates have filed for six open positions on the Basehor City Council and Basehor-Linwood School Board. The filing deadline was noon Tuesday.

Two Basehor city council members will run for the mayor’s post, which is being vacated by Chris Garcia. Council member Terry Hill and council president Iris Dysart will go head-to-head for the position that Garcia leaves behind.

Hill, elected to the council in 2007, is the information technology director of CompResults in Fairway. Dysart is retired from banking and is in her sixth year on the council.

Council members Keith Sifford and Roger McDowell both chose not to file for another term, but two Basehor businessmen – Dennis Mertz and David Breuer – have grabbed the chance to fill the openings. Short of a successful write-in campaign, each will serve on the council.

Mertz is a partner of JED Installation. Breuer is a Basehor resident and president of K.C. Construction of Basehor.

Five candidates will vie for three open seats on the Basehor-Linwood School Board.

Richard Zamora, Leigh Farris and LeRoy Scharnhorst filed for position 5 on the board, which is currently held by Patrick Jeannin.

Zamora is a tax attorney at H&R Block in Kansas City, Mo. Farris works from home and has a background in law enforcement. Scharnhorst is a retired Basehor-Linwood teacher who now substitute teaches for the district.

Position 4, currently held by board president Randy Cunningham, is also up for re-election. Basehor resident Wynne Coleman is the only candidate who filed for the seat. Coleman is the Basehor-Linwood High School secretary.

The last spot on the school board is Position 6, now held by Gary Johnson, the only incumbent seeking re-election to the board. Johnson, of Linwood, is retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and is the only person running for the seat.

In the past, be a primary election would be contested for Position 5 because more than two people have filed for the seat. However, a new state law deems that primary elections are required only if the number of candidates totals one plus three times the amount of open seats. This means that for Basehor, primary elections would have been required this year if 10 people had filed for the three open school board positions or if seven people had filed for the two open city council positions.

The general election is April 7.


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