Local residents will be heading to the polls next month to vote in city and school board elections.

Local residents will be heading to the polls next month to vote in city and school board elections.

There will be several competitive races on the ballot.

On Tuesday, the Leavenworth Times will begin a series of candidate profiles. The profiles will include the candidates’ answers to questions submitted by the Times.

The election will be Nov. 7.

One of the competitive races is for the Leavenworth City Commission. Six candidates remain in the race. Only three seats are up for election.

Leavenworth city commissioners are elected at-large rather than by wards or districts. This means each candidate can reside anywhere in the city.

The candidates include current commissioners Mark Preisinger, Charles Raney and Lisa Weakley as well as Jermaine Wilson, Myron “Mike” Griswold and Michael Bogner.

A total of 11 people filed as candidates for the City Commission, but an August primary narrowed the field to six.

Another local competitive race is for the Lansing Board of Education. Eight people filed as candidates for the three at-large positions that are up for election. Candidates include incumbents Richard Whitlow, Rich Hauver and Beth Stevenson as well as John Hattok, Jacob T. Will, John D. Dalbey Sr., Mark E. McKnight and Garrett A. Martin.

The Basehor-Linwood Board of Education has two competitive races this year. Richard Zamora is seeking re-election to the board’s Position 5. He is being challenged by Tim Hill. Spencer Fritz is running for re-election to the board’s Position 6. He is being challenged by Mike Stieben.

In the city of Easton, there is a competitive race for mayor. Phillip W. Mires is running for re-election as mayor. He is being challenged by Bobby O. Watkins.

The Easton Board of Education has a couple of competitive races. Jerry C. Barns and Oscar L. Miller are candidates for the board’s Position 4. Incumbent John T. McEvoy is running for re-election to Position 6. He is being challenged by Dawn Weston.

In Tonganoxie, there are six candidates for three at-large positions on the City Council. The candidates include incumbents Chris R. Donnelly and Andrew T. Gilner as well as Jamie Lawson, Loralee D. Stevens, A.W. “Rocky” Himpel and Ryan Keltner.

There had been 10 candidates, but the field was narrowed during an August primary.

There are a couple of competitive races for Tonganoxie Board of Education. James N. Bothwell and Stacy Willis are running for the board’s Position 4. Phillip Welsh, Karen K. Wake Bottary and Rachell I. Rowand are running for Position 5.

Local residents do not have to wait until Nov. 7 to cast their votes.

Voters can stop by the Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office to vote in advance. Advance voting at the County Clerk’s Office will continue during regular business hours through noon Nov. 6.

The County Clerk’s Office is located at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St.

People also can apply to receive an advance ballot by mail. An application can be found on the county government’s website at www.leavenworthcounty.org

Municipal and school board elections previously took place in the spring. But state lawmakers have moved the elections to the fall.

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