Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

Candidates for Basehor City Council prepare for April 7 general election

March 19, 2009

The April 7 general election is quickly approaching, and Basehor candidates are gearing up.

This year, voters will see some competition in the mayoral race, but not as much in the city council election.

Filed for mayor are City Council member Terry Hill and City Council President Iris Dysart.

Hill has lived in the Basehor area since 1966. He has served on the Basehor City Council since April 2007 and is the information technology director at CompResults in Fairway, where he has been working for four years.

Hill said that if he were elected, he wanted to find a common ground among all the groups that expressed concerns about the future of the city of Basehor. As with the city council, Hill sees his knowledge from past professions as a useful tool. He said he supported the growth of the city both in the downtown district and along the U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor.

Dysart moved to Basehor in 1996, and she has been a resident of Leavenworth County for 30 years. Dysart has been on the city council since 2003, and she was appointed council president in 2008.

She said that her past experience as a city council member and as council president would be beneficial to her as mayor, if she were elected. It is her goal, she said, to reduce spending by the city of Basehor and to earn the trust of Basehor’s residents.

Running for city council are Dennis Mertz and David Breuer. Both men are running unopposed, as only two positions are open this year.

Mertz grew up in Turner and moved to Basehor in 1997. He currently works at JED Installation, 2722 155th St., a company he has been employed with for more than 10 years.

Mertz said his familiarity with the city and his up-to-date knowledge of the council’s decisions made him a qualified candidate for the position. If he should be elected to city council, Mertz said he wanted to get everyone to work together and find some solutions to budget problems.

Breuer has been a resident of Basehor for 53 years and owner of K.C. Construction, 1211 158th St., since it first began in 1977. He is also president of the Falcon Lakes Home Owners Association, Lion’s Club president, chair of Common Ground Alliance, and he serves on a bioscience committee in Kansas City, Kan.

Breuer said that if he were elected, he wanted to help the city focus on its people and keep in mind that present council decisions have a large affect on the future.

He said that the city needed to do what it could to promote local businesses and to support the Basehor-Linwood School District.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, March 23.

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