Tonganoxie residents consider run for county commission seat
The Leavenworth County commission seat currently held by Wayne Eldridge is attracting the attention of several Tonganoxie residents.
Eldridge filed about two weeks ago, seeking election to a second four-year term. It's possible he could face opposition in the Democratic primary on Aug. 1.
"I don't know yet," said Pat Albert, a Tonganoxie city council member who also is chairman of the city's chamber of commerce. "I am probably running. If someone from down here were running, and I didn't need to, I might not. As of right now, I'm running."
Albert hasn't filed yet, but he noted he has until noon June 12 to accomplish that.
A run for the commission also is a possibility for Dean Oroke, who served as a county commissioner from 1985 to 1989.
"I just haven't decided yet," said Oroke, a Tonganoxie Republican. "I'll probably decide in the next week or two. I am thinking about it."
He said he's talked with some potential campaign supporters.
"I've had people tell me that if I would get the petitions, they'll take them around and get people signed up," he said.
Another name that's been bandied about is Susie Parmer, longtime Leavenworth County register of deeds who resigned three months ago, who also lives in Tonganoxie.
"I don't know; no comment," Parmer said, when asked whether she were running in the Democratic primary. "There's a lot of rumors out there. I would say it's a rumor."