Archive for Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Two candidates file for county offices

March 17, 2004

Two more candidates have filed for offices in Leavenworth County.

Undersheriff Dave Zoellner, as expected, on Monday filed to run for the sheriff's job.

Zoellner, 57, Leavenworth, has worked more than 35 years in the sheriff's office, starting as a deputy and working his way through the ranks to major.

"I am committed to enforcing the law and protecting life and property, while respecting individual rights, human dignity and community values," Zoellner said.

Zoellner, who was born and raised in Leavenworth, filed as a Democrat. He hopes to fill the job how held by Herb Nye, who is retiring. Nye has endorsed Zoellner.

In addition to his wide-ranging experience in the department, Zoellner also has served with a number of local, state and national law enforcement organizations.

The undersheriff also is well-known as a youth baseball, basketball and football coach in Leavenworth.

Another county candidate, Larry Dedeke, filed as a Republican for the county commission seat being vacated by Bob Adams. Dedeke, 58, Leavenworth, currently is serving his second term as a Leavenworth city commissioner.

The manager of an automotive repair shop said he enjoys working as a mediator between area residents and city staff members. If elected to the county commission, he hopes to focus on the Kansas Highway 7 corridor, along with other roads in the county.

Dedeke, who grew up in Leavenworth, believes the county needs to hire a financial manager to help with long-term planning. And he said that if county commissioners do not approve an increase in the county's road improvement fee, the commission would be faced with some decisions.

"You need to do some study on financing and improvement of roads," he said.

Janice Young, Leavenworth County treasurer, and Linda Scheer, county clerk, both have filed for re-election.

The filing deadline is noon June 10.

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