Archive for Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Candidate files for council seat

January 8, 2003

The field for city council and school board races remains nearly wide-open, just two weeks before the filing deadline.

On Monday, Tammy Bartels did file for one of two open seats on the Tonganoxie City Council. Bartels, who works at Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, is president of the city's fire department auxiliary and is active in the elementary school parent-teacher organization.

¢ Noon, Jan. 21: Filing deadline for city council, mayor and school board races.

¢ What's it cost: $5 to file for school board or city council.

¢ Where to file: City council candidates may file at Tonganoxie City Hall, 321 Delaware, or the Leavenworth County clerk's office in the courthouse, 300 Walnut, Leavenworth. School board candidates must file at the county clerk's office.

Neither of the city council incumbents -- Pat Albert and Cami Zimmerman -- plans to seek re-election.

It's possible city voters will have a choice for mayor in the April 1 general election. Incumbent John Franiuk, a local builder, still is mulling a re-election bid.

"I'm getting closer to making that decision," he said. "Within the next week or so I'll announce it."

And Charlie Conrad, former fire chief who is assistant director for the county's Emergency Medical Service, also is pondering whether to run for mayor. After the local fire department became embroiled in controversy last year, Franiuk did not reappoint Conrad as fire chief.

From Conrad's point of view, the decision whether to run rests squarely on one issue: "It's all about time," he said.

No one has filed for the school board's five open seats, and only one probable candidate has surfaced so far.

Incumbents Terry Needham and Ron Moore have said they won't run again. Two other incumbents -- the Rev. Rick Lamb of West Haven Baptist Church and Tonganoxie optometrist Dr. Richard Dean -- are weighing whether to seek re-election.

Only incumbent Kay Smith, a Leavenworth High School teacher, has said she plans to file for election, although she had not done so as of noon Tuesday. Smith was appointed in October to fill an open position on the board.

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