Loaded fields set for Tonganoxie City Council, mayoral races; 1 USD 464 race contested
The filing deadline has passed and the candidate field now is set for Tonganoxie City Council and USD 464 School Board races.
Voters will decide in November two City Council seats and the mayoral race. They also will decide three school board races, though only one is contested.
For the City Council races, the two incumbents will run to remain on the governing body. Curtis Oroke is seeking a second term, while Lisa Patterson will seek a full term. Patterson was appointed earlier this year to take over Kara Reed’s seat, as the former council member stepped down with her move out of city limits.
This year’s council race has two challengers with experience on a municipal board. Jake Dale and Zachary Stoltenberg both currently serve on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission board.
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward will not be seeking another term. Ward first joined the Council in 2005. He eventually was appointed mayor and then successfully won two terms as mayor.
Current City County Member Rocky Himpel will run for mayor, joining a field of three vying for the mayoral position.
David Frese also is running for mayor. Frese serves on the Tonganoxie Public Library and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission boards and narrowly lost in a bid a few months ago to become the first commissioner to serve in the Leavenworth County Commission’s new Fifth District.
Sherry E. Agee also has filed for they mayoral race.
If Himpel were to win that race, the five-member council would have a vacancy with his current seat. The governing body would appoint someone to finish out Himpel’s unexpired term in that scenario.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board has two incumbents running, with a third opting not to run.
Drew L. Overmiller is running unopposed for Position 1, while fellow member Kaija Baldock is running for Position 2 against challenger Connie O’Brien.
The third school board member up for election, Shelly McGhee, opted not to run for a second term.
Baldock was elected in 2015, while Overmiller was appointed last year to Position 1 after former board member Amelia Brusven stepped down.
Stephanie Shupe is running unopposed for Position 7. She was appointed last year after Bryan Kemp stepped down.
Kemp, Brusven and McGhee all were elected in 2015 alongside Baldock.
Justin Sturgeon is running unopposed for Position 3, which McGhee currently represents.
City Council seats and mayor all are at-large seats, which means voters cast ballots based on all candidates regardless of where they reside in the city.
School board has six positions determined by districts, with the seventh being an at-large seat. That means district residents can cast a vote in the Position 7 race whenever it is on the ballot, as well as their district’s race when it’s on the ballot. Positions 4, 5 and 6 will be up for election in 2021.
Election Day is Nov. 5.