Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Taylor elected mayor

Cranor

April 2, 2003

Political newcomer Dave Taylor was elected Tuesday as Tonganoxie's new mayor, over former mayor Herb Robbins.

Mayor

¢ David Taylor: 214; Herb Robbins: 181.

City Council

¢ Ron Cranor: 203; Velda Roberts: 188; James Truesdell: 178; Lois Seelbinder: 136.

School board, Position No. 1

¢ Rick Lamb: 420; Joel Stinson: 140.

School board, Position No. 2

¢ Ron Moore: 389; April Dohle: 150.

School board, Position No. 3

¢ Leana Leslie: 290; Kris Grinter: 243.

School board, Position No. 5

¢ Kay Smith: 457.

School board, at-large

¢ Richard Dean: 472; Wally Brawner: 87.

Basehor-Linwood $29.9 million school bond

¢ Yes: 1,079; No: 1,618.

Taylor and two new city council members -- Ron Cranor and Velda Roberts -- will take office at the April 14 city council meeting.

Taylor, who has lived in Tonganoxie since 1985, said Tuesday night he would take a new approach to city government.

"I want people to feel comfortable when they come into city hall," he said. "I don't want to hear a lot of rejection because it is their house. I just want to change the whole tone -- or try to."

Taylor said he would like to examine the possibility of establishing a recreation center for the city's teens, as well as set up transportation to area hospitals for the elderly.

School board incumbents fared well in Tuesday's election. All who ran -- Rick Lamb, Ron Moore, Kay Smith and Richard Dean -- were re-elected. In addition, Leana Leslie won out over Kris Grinter for the seat currently occupied by Terry Needham. School board members' terms will begin in July.

In the Basehor-Linwood school district, voters again rejected a $29.9 million school bond issue. In February, voters turned down the bond issue, but school officials decided to try again for passage.

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