Taylor elected mayor
Political newcomer Dave Taylor was elected Tuesday as Tonganoxie's new mayor, over former mayor Herb Robbins.
¢ David Taylor: 214; Herb Robbins: 181.
¢ 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.