This week, we offer election coverage for the April 2 spring city and school board elections.
The election has heightened interest as three cities in Wyandotte County are holding mayoral election contests.
Much of our coverage is based on candidate forums, along with questionnaires that candidates answered and information provided to us.
It was my privilege to co-moderate the Wednesday night, March 20, candidate forum with Elnora Jefferson at Kansas City Kansas Community College. I was impressed by the mostly polite tone that the candidates took this year, and many candidates displayed a depth of knowledge about local issues. The forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College was sponsored by about 15 groups, including the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce. Residents may find an additional resource for election information in the cable television replays of this forum running through April 1 on KCEC, Channel 17, Time Warner Cable. The forums also are on the Internet at YouTube under KCKCC.
Read over the information and view the forum videos if possible to learn more about them. This year, the incumbent UG Commissioners have endorsed mayoral candidates (that information is in past stories concerning the mayoral race). The commission election may determine if the new mayor will be able to pass any programs on their platforms.
At election time, sometimes who is not running isn’t getting as much attention as who is running. While that may be the way it should be, nonetheless it’s important to note who isn’t running again this year.
For the Unified Government, not returning to the governing body will be John Mendez, Mayor Joe Reardon and Nathan Barnes.
At the Board of Public Utilities, board member Loretta Colombel, who has served since 1998, is not running for re-election.
Bonner Springs Mayor Clausie Smith is not running for re-election.
On the Kansas City, Kan., school board, Linda Pendleton is not seeking re-election.
Three incumbents on the Piper school board are not running for re-election, Jason Zager, Abe Glaser and Ron Kaminski.
On the Edwardsville City Council, John Eickhoff is not running for re-election.
Why not send them a thank-you note for their past community service?
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