The ink may be barely dry on the oaths of office for those elected to political office following the November General Election, but the process is already starting again for city and school board elections, scheduled for April 2.
Noon a week from Tuesday will be the deadline for candidates to file for the municipal and school board positions that will be open in that election. Though there will be no state or federal offices up for grabs, Klasinski said there will still be plenty of races.
“It'll be a countywide election,” she said. “Everyone will have something to vote on.”
Each of the county's school districts will have three open spots, while open seats on city governments vary from one place to the next because of the different makeup of those bodies. Klasinski said the filing guidelines are a little different than in the state and federal races: Candidates for positions on city governments in Easton, Tonganoxie, Basehor and Linwood can file for their paperwork at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St. in Leavenworth, or at their respective city offices. School board candidates must file at the courthouse. The largest cities, those known as “first class” by Kansas statutes, have a different process.
“You must file at City Hall,” Klasinski said, in those cities.
In Leavenworth, there will be three open at-large seats on the five-member city commission: Those held by Mark Preisinger, Davis Moulden and Phil Urban. Three candidates had filed for those seats as of Tuesday afternoon: Preisinger, Charles Raney and Keith Melick, according to City Clerk Karen Logan.
The three open at-large seats on the Leavenworth School Board belong to Mike Robinson, Verna Raines and Morris Minchew. So far, Klasinski said one candidate has filed for one of those three seats: Former board member Danny Zeck.
One of the two Lansing City Council seats in each of the city's four wards will be open in the April election — those seats now held by Dave Trinkle, Ward 1; Don Studnicka, Ward 2; Kerry Brungardt, Ward 3; and Tony McNeill, Ward 4. The list of those who have filed so far was not available Tuesday.
There are three at-large seats up this year on the Lansing School Board — those now held by Beth Stevenson, Gary Courtney and Bob Nye. Klasinski said Stevenson has filed for another term and current Lansing High School senior Taylor Wisneski has also filed for one of the positions.
Three spots, likewise, will be open on the Easton School Board: Those now held by Kim Sachse, Howard Crook, and David Hattok. Sachse is so far the only candidate to have filed, according to Klasinski.
The Leavenworth Waterworks board will also have three open spots — those positions of Paul Kittle, Thomas Koch and Teresa Wood. No one as of Tuesday afternoon had filed for those seats.
Page 2 of 2 - If a primary is needed, it will be Feb. 26. Due to a recent election rule change, Klasinski said a primary will be needed in Leavenworth if 10 or more people for the city commission spots. That primary would whittle the field to six candidates.