Elections

About 800 Tonganoxie ballots mailed backed so far
February 15, 2017
If Tonganoxie residents haven’t seen their ballots for the sales tax question come in the mail yet, they should contact Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. Informational meetings have taken place, but The Mirror continues to offer reminders about the mail-in election, which centers around whether to approve a 20-year 3/4-cent sales tax that would replace the current swimming pool sales tax of the same rate. A 3/4-cent sales tax was approved in 2007 to help pay for Tonganoxie Water Park.
Bonner Springs lawmaker leaves loaded gun in Statehouse room
January 27, 2017
A Kansas legislator acknowledged Thursday that he inadvertently left a loaded gun in a public committee room where a secretary found it a few minutes later. Republican Rep. Willie Dove said the incident occurred after Tuesday’s meeting of the House Education Committee. Dove said he left the .380-caliber handgun in a holster under a table where lawmakers sit, where it wouldn’t have been visible to audience members because of a curtain on the table.
Super Spooktacular
November 2, 2016
Friday was the annual Spooktacular event and, again this year, it didn’t seem to disappoint. According to organizer Monica Gee, children were really involved in games and the bounce house, getting into the whole event and “not just the candy.”
Local candidates field questions at Eudora forum
October 17, 2016
Democratic House candidate Kara Reed proclaimed herself as the only “moderate” in the 42nd District House race Wednesday night, while her Republican opponent Jim Karleskint touted his credentials on education issues while labeling himself as a “fiscal conservative” who also opposes abortion.
O’Brien, Karleskint squaring off Tuesday in Republican primary in Kansas House District 42 race
July 26, 2016
An established Republican incumbent or a new challenger will advance from Tuesday’s Kansas House District 42 race to take on a Democrat in the primary.
Incumbent Bixby hopes for another term as crowded primary looms Tuesday
July 26, 2016
Dennis Bixby is seeking a second term as the Leavenworth County Commission’s Third District representative because there is more he’d like to accomplish. “I got a lot of stuff done, but that four years went really really quick,” Bixby said.
Leavenworth County Attorney advocates for awareness following deaths of 3 infants who shared beds with parents
June 2, 2016
The Leavenworth County Attorney’s office has been notified of at least three children, all under a year old, dying due to sharing a bed with their parent(s). In reviewing the incidents, Todd Thompson’s office determined that they were tragic accidents, with insufficient grounds to file criminal charges.
Tonganoxie City Council’s Reed to challenge O’Brien for Kansas House seat
KCKCC instructor looks to unseat local incumbent first elected in 2008
May 3, 2016
A Tonganoxie City Council member will be challenging a long-standing incumbent at the state level. Democrat Kara Reed filed April 22 to challenge incumbent Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in House District 42 in the November election.
Mathematician not optimistic about suit seeking ballot audit
August 23, 2015
A Wichita State University mathematician says she’s not optimistic that she’ll win her lawsuit seeking ballot information so she can perform an audit of the 2014 election.
USD 464 LOB authority hike fails to pass
July 8, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote. The deadline for the mail-ballot election was June 30.
Tonganoxie USD 464 voters say no to budget authority increase
June 30, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote.
Tonganoxie USD 464 ballot deadline is June 30
June 18, 2015
Tonganoxie voters have about two weeks left to cast their mail-in ballots in the special Tonganoxie USD 464 local option budget election. Voters will decide whether to give the school board authority to increase the local option budget from 30 percent to 33 percent. Ballots were sent out last week and are due back to the Leavenworth County Courthouse by noon June 30.
Tonganoxie group hopes for ‘yes’ vote in mail ballot election
June 10, 2015
About 10 Tonganoxie area residents gathered at a local residence Friday night to discuss politics. The discussion centered at times on what’s happening in Topeka, but the focus for this group was and continues to be hyperlocal — the state of school funding.
O’Brien: Broken funding formula and necessary corrections
May 12, 2015
I would like to start by saying that I have supported increased education funding at every opportunity since I first was elected in 2008. Last April, I supported the bill that put an additional $126.2 million into schools statewide for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.
Challengers sweep USD 464 races
Mayor wins close race:
April 15, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board will have a much different look in a few months. Voters last week voted in three challengers in races that involved incumbents, while a fourth seat was a battle between two candidates who were not incumbents.

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