3 to vie for city council seats
Tuesday’s noon deadline for the spring city elections passed with no candidate filing to run against Mayor Jason Ward in the April 5 general election.
Short of a strong write-in campaign, Ward will serve another four years in the office he inherited with the July resignation of former Mayor Mike Vestal. Although the city faced challenges of revenue pinches with the recession and facilities needs, he looked forward to the next four years and appreciated support for two of his initiatives, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and Progress Tonganoxie, Ward said.
“I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made with the city council and administration since I took over as mayor,” Ward said. “I’m excited about the future and very pleased to have four more years as mayor. I’m hoping the next four years will help us come out of the economic downturn we’ve struggled with the last two years.”
As for the city council, there will be a campaign as three people, including two incumbents, filed four the two expiring positions.
Late last week, Councilwoman Paula Crook filed for another four-year term. She joins Councilman Bill Peak and challenger Dennis Bixby in the contest.
“I enjoy working on the council and trying to move the city forward,” Crook said. “We have a lot issues in front of us, like our debt.”
Crook, an employee of the Leavenworth County Council on Aging, was first elected to the council in 2007.