Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Voter registration offered through March 19

March 7, 2001

Voter registration for the April 3 election is under way through March 19.

During the general election, Tonganoxie residents will vote for school board and city council positions. Five Tonganoxie school district residents have filed to run for the three seats on the board:

Francie Campbell and Darlyn Hansen filed for District 4; Phil Weide, a board member currently representing District 4, has moved and filed for District 5; and Bob DeHoff filed for re-election in District 6.

City council candidates seeking the three open seats are Jonathan Boone, incumbent Kathy Graveman, Steve Gumm, incumbent Ray Usher and Emmett Wetta. Not enough candidates had filed in Tonganoxie for city council or school board to force a primary election. But in Basehor, Mayor John Pfannenstiel's placed second in the Feb. 27 primary election, 55 votes behind Bill Hooker.

The mayor said he had mailed information to registered voters, asking them to give him the benefit of the doubt in light of criminal charges that he is facing.

"We've asked the people to do that, and a significant number of them did," he said.

The mayor, a former sergeant at Lansing Correctional Facility, is charged with three counts of unlawful sexual relations with inmates and one count of taking contraband into a correctional facility. The allegations were lodged last August.

A trial will be conducted March 19 on the charges.

"That question will be answered, so I'm quite confident that I will be acquitted and once the air is cleared I will be re-elected," Pfannenstiel said.

Voter registration closes at 5 p.m. March 19. Leavenworth County residents may register to vote at the county clerk's office in the courthouse in Leavenworth; at city hall in Tonganoxie, Linwood, Basehor, Leavenworth, Lansing and Easton; at the Leavenworth County Annex in Tonganoxie; and at the Tonganoxie Public Library, the Leavenworth Public Library, the Basehor Community Library and the Linwood Library.

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