Incumbent seeking re-election
Gumm last-minute addition to ballot
In a surprise move shortly before Tuesday's deadline, incumbent Steve Gumm filed for re-election to the Tonganoxie City Council.
About a month ago, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, Gumm indicated he would not run again for the seat that he's held for one four-year term.
But he changed his mind recently.
"I enjoy working with the city employees, and I have a lot of respect for them," he said. "In the same respect, I missed out on a lot of kid stuff, too, and that's what I was weighing most to start with.
"I feel a bond with the city staff, and they're hard-working people, and we have a good relationship."
Gumm said he felt pulled to help the city complete some projects that are in the works, including construction of a water line from east of Basehor to Tonganoxie; working with the school district complete construction of a new middle school; and hiring a city administrator.
In the April 5 election, Gumm joins four other candidates who are seeking the three council seats currently held by Gumm, Kathy Graveman and Emmett Wetta. The other candidates are Bob Nickle, Jim Truesdell, Cecil Vinyard and Jason Ward.
Profiles of Ward and Truesdell appear on page 2A of today's edition of The Mirror.
A profile of Gumm will appear in next week's edition of The Mirror. Profiles of Nickle and Vinyard appeared in previous editions.
On the Tonganoxie school district front, three incumbents and one challenger have filed for three open seats:
- Position No. 4: Incumbent Darlyn Hansen.
¢ Position No. 5: Incumbent Kay Smith.
¢ Position No. 6: Incumbent Bob DeHoff and challenger Brian Huseman.
Profiles of Hansen, Smith and Huseman will appear in next week's edition of The Mirror. A profile of DeHoff appeared in a previous edition of The Mirror.