Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Few people file for school, city boards

January 17, 2001

It doesn't appear that Tonganoxie area residents are flocking to file for open city council and school board seats.

By mid-morning Tuesday, only incumbent Bob DeHoff had filed for election to the school board. Another incumbent, Phil Weide, has said he also plans to seek re-election.

And only one person had filed for election to city council. Jonathan C. Boone, 900 Church, filed in the Leavenworth County clerk's office. The 28-year-old said he's lived in Tonganoxie for about 25 years and would like an opportunity to help set the direction for the city.

The filing deadline for the April election is noon next Tuesday. Council candidates may file at city hall or in the county clerk's office in the courthouse in Leavenworth. School board candidates must file at the courthouse.

The other school board member whose seat is up for grabs Bob Gepner will not run again because he and his family plan to move from the school district this summer. Weide, who now represents the city district, will run for the north district seat that Gepner is vacating because Weide has moved into that area. DeHoff is running in the south district.

The dearth of candidates is a worry to DeHoff, who is president of the seven-member group.

"My main concern is finding somebody who would be a good addition to the board," he said.

If no one files for the city district school board seat, the board will appoint someone to the position.

"It's not the preferred way," DeHoff said.

Only one city council member has said he plans to seek re-election. Veteran council member Ray Usher has said he plans to seek re-election to a third four-year term on the council.

David Hernandez, who's served on the Tonganoxie City Council for the past four years, doesn't plan to run again.

And Kathy Graveman, the other council member whose term expires, said she still is mulling over whether to run. Graveman was appointed two years ago to the council.

If a primary election were necessary if more than two candidates file for one seat on the school board or if more than six city council candidates file it would be conducted on Feb. 27. The general election is April 3.

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