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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • No surprises as filing deadline passes

  • There will be no primaries for voters in Leavenworth and Lansing following Tuesday’s noon candidate filing deadline.
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  • There will be no primaries for voters in Leavenworth and Lansing following Tuesday’s noon candidate filing deadline. “I think I only have one primary, for Basehor mayor,” said Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski following Tuesday’s noon filing deadline. In fact, the lists of candidates changed little for the races here since Friday. In Leavenworth, where three positions will be open on the City Commission, incumbents Davis Moulden, Mark Preisinger and Phil Urban all filed for another term. Also running are Keith Melick, Charles Raney and former commissioner Lisa Weakley. For the four open positions on the Lansing City Council — one in each of the city’s four wards — the incumbents were the only candidates to file. Dave Trinkle, Ward 1; Don Studnicka, Ward 2; Kerry Brungardt, Ward 3; and Tony McNeill, Ward 4, will all run unopposed in the April election. All school boards in the county will have three open positions. For the Leavenworth School Board, incumbents Mike Robinson and Verna Raines will be seeking additional terms, with former board members Douglas Darling, Danny Zeck and Michael Carney also filing for the at-large positions. Mo Minchew did not file for a full term after being appointed in June. Only one incumbent, Beth Stevenson, filed for re-election on the Lansing School Board, with neither Gary Courtney nor Bob Nye filing for another term. But four others will be vying for the three at-large seats alongside Stevenson: Rich Hauver, Steven Buffo, Garret Martin, Sylvia Martens and Lansing High School senior Taylor Wisneski. Only one of the three incumbents filed for one of the three spots on the Leavenworth Waterworks Board, as well — Teresa Wood. Neither Thomas Koch nor Paul Kittle filed for another term on the board. Richard Gervasini, however, did file for one of the remaining two positions. Klasinski said the Waterworks board is just one of several races in which there were fewer candidates filing than open positions. Though Kim Sachse filed for re-election to Position 5 and David Hattok to Position 6 on the Easton School Board, Howard Crook did not file for re-election to his seat in Position 4. Nobody else filed for the position, either. And Klasinski said only four candidates appeared to have filed for the five positions on the Easton City Council, and none for the mayoral positions. “Those will be filled by write-in votes,” she said of all positions without candidates.

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