Bonner Springs will elect a new mayor at the April 2 general election.
Jeff Harrington and Jack L. Knight are running for mayor. Harrington is currently a council member from Ward 4, and Knight is currently a council member from Ward 1.
Harrington, of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, serves on the board of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
Running for Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 1, are Don Beets and George Cooper, incumbent.
For Ward 2, Ryan Beasley and Thomas A. Stephens, incumbent, are seeking the council member position.
Ryan Beasley, 37, is a firefighter. He has worked on fundraisers with the Midwest Regional Burn Foundation, a nonprofit that assist recovery of burn survivors. He also works with Medical Missions Foundation, and has traveled to other countries to teach children about burn safety and fire safety. He has attended Delta College and the University of Missouri.
“I would like to see full-time fire protection in Bonner Springs,” Beasley stated. “I feel that a combination department is necessary for safety in a community this size.”
He stated that he feels that education and public safety should not be affected by budget cuts in the future.
Thomas A. Stephens, the incumbent, stated he is running for re-election to serve the community. “It’s important to have individuals on the council that have no allegiance to or wish to push agenda items for any particular group, but instead have a desire to promote and move forward the entire community.”
His top campaign issue is to continue to enhance the current environment that would attract potential retail businesses, he said.
Stephens, 58, is a self-employed programmer-analyst focusing on the iSeries platform. He is a member of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce and has an associate degree from KCKCC.
About the issue of potential future budget cuts and what might be at the top of the list to cut, he stated : “This has been an issue in our community for the last three years and it is always tough to decide which programs might have to suffer. I don’t believe any one program should suffer more than another as each program is important to someone in the community. All programs would be looked upon equally with just one exception, and that would be emergency services as those are of the utmost importance to all residents.”
Among his accomplishments while in office were an interlocal agreement on the casino, the building of the new library, and help in shaping the budget over the last three years so that no one group was drastically affected by the economic downturn.
For Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 3, there are three candidates on the ballot, William R. Crum Jr., Rodger Shannon, incumbent, and Monica Shonkwiler.
In a letter to the media, Shonkwiler stated she would not be able to campaign because of her father’s illness.
Shannon, 71, the incumbent, stated, “The success of our community and families depends on each of us. Its growth and self worth are achieved through our service, working together and caring for the safety and well being of one another. I am grateful to all our families who have trusted me to represent the entire city in making the best decisions possible for everyone, not just a few.”
He stated that his top campaign issue is “working together. No one person, no one group can do anything without the help of our community. By involving more than just the council or committees and focusing on others, greater opportunities will be created for all. Input = working together = insights = ownership = success.”
If further budget reductions would be necessary, he would support everyone sacrificing together.
Kenneth R. Crosby and Joe Peterson are the candidates for Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 4.