Three candidates file for city, school posts
With less than a week before the filing deadline, several Tonganoxie residents are expressing interest in running for city council, mayor and school board.
But as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, only three people actually have filed in the April 1 general election. The filing deadline is noon Tuesday.
¢ Noon, Tuesday: Filing deadline for city council, mayor and school board races.
¢ Feb. 25: Primary Election, if needed.
¢ April 1: General Election.
¢ 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.
School board incumbents Rick Lamb and Kay Smith have filed for re-election. And Tammy Bartels has filed for a seat on the Tonganoxie City Council.
Smith, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Leavenworth High School, was appointed in October to fill the unexpired term of Phil Weide. Lamb, pastor at West Haven Baptist Church, is a four-year veteran of the school board.
Another incumbent, Ron Moore, who is assistant vice president with Employers Reinsurance Corp., said he planned to file before the end of the week. Despite some arm-twisting, Terri Needham said she wouldn't seek re-election.
But the fifth member of the board whose term expires in June, optometrist Richard Dean, said he, too, planned to file for re-election before the end of the week.
On the city side of the ballot, Bartels, a mental health receptionist at Lansing Correctional Facility, has filed for Tonganoxie City Council.
Although no one has filed for the mayor's seat, Ron Kampfer, a welder and pipefitter with SRH Mechanical Contractors of Lawrence, said he will file.
Charlie Conrad, assistant director of Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service and former city fire chief, said he's decided against running for mayor. He will support Kampfer, he said.
Incumbent Mayor John Franiuk, who earlier said he was contemplating a second term, was unavailable.