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Congratulations to Kele Carter, Student of the Week for January 19-23!

Kele Carter

Kele is a freshman at Eudora High School and is the daughter of Christina and Jim Carter.  Here are a few things about Kele:

Favorite subject: Health

Favorite book: Divergent

Favorite food: Lasagna

Hero: My father

What are your future plans?  I would like to be a coach and physical education teacher.

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The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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Fiore_takes_over_MayorMayor John Fiore (center) in his first minutes as Mayor in April 2014. On the left is Vice-Mayor Tim Reazin and to the right, Councilwoman Ruth Hughs (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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If your interested in seeking a seat on the City Commission or School Board, this may be the time to do so.  We talked last week about both City Commissioner Kenny Massey and School Board member Dr. Daniel Dickerson were not going to run.  Now, there are a couple of notable additions to the list.

Eudora Mayor John Fiore announced Thursday that he does not intend to seek re-election on the City Commission.

“I cannot commit to the next four years because the requirements of my family and job are likely to be much greater in the coming weeks and months,” Fiore said.

Fiore has served only one term on the City Commission, narrowly winning a seat in a hotly contested election in 2011. Fiore has served as Mayor since April, 2014.

“I’m proud of all we have accomplished as a group over the last four years,” Fiore told us. “We built a new Public Safety building, a new park out by Shadow Ridge and collaborated with the School District to bring in grants to start connecting Eudora with a trail system that makes Eudora a safer and healthier community.”

With Fiore out of the race, it leaves Councilwoman Ruth Hughs as the only incumbent that may seek re-election. Hughs has said on numerous occasions, including earlier this week, that she still is undecided about running again for office.

As of Friday morning, no one has yet filed to run in the March election.  There are be three seats to be voted on.  If not enough candidates run, it would be up to the Mayor to appoint people to the seats. Would Vice-Mayor Reazin automatically assume the role as Mayor? What about a tie vote? Who would break the tie? There are some deep constitutional questions that could arise if a lack of candidates occurs.

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School Board member Belinda Rehmer

Over on the School Board, the lack of candidates is starting to pile up as well. Dr. Daniel Dickerson already declared he will not run and now Board Member Belinda Rehmer has stated she will not seek another term.

“Due to family changes this last year, I will not be filing,” Rehmer stated. “By the end of April I will have three new grand-babies and my first great grandchild. I plan on spending all my new found time squeezing, hugging and kissing some cheeks.”

Rehmer was first elected to the School Board in 2007 and won a second term in 2011. At post time, the only person to file for a School Board seat is Bryan Maring.  Incumbents Mark Chrislip and Joe Pyle have not declared their intentions yet. Four seats will need to be filled come April.

The filing deadline for the City elections is Tuesday, January 27 at Noon. Candidates for City Commission need to file with the Eudora City Clerk at City Hall. School Board candidates are required to file with the Douglas County Clerk in Lawrence.

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Congratulations to Peter Neis, Student of the Week for January 12-16!

Peter Neis

Peter, the son of Stan and Kari Neis, is a first grader in Mrs. Grado’s class at Eudora Elementary School.  Here are a few things about Peter:

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite book: Dr. Suess books

Favorite food: Steak and potatoes

Hero: My dad because he teaches me how to be when I grow up.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A farmer like my dad and mom.

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Jesse_Owen_Bonner_Springs_2014_09_05Eudora High Football Coach Jesse Owen (photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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Eudora High Head Football Coach Jesse Owen has resigned his position to become the head coach at Olathe East High School. Owen spent just one season as the Cardinal Head Coach having come from Olathe North High School where he was an assistant coach.

“This is a great place and great people,” Owen said in an exclusive interview. “But that is where my family is, my in-laws are there and this is a better situation for me and my family.”

Owen stated that he was contacted by the Olathe School District as to possible interest in becoming one of their head football coaches.

“I certainly didn’t plan on this when I came to Eudora eight months ago,” Owen said. “But you can’t control timing.  If I would have known this was going to happen, I never would have taken the job here.”

In his lone season as Eudora Head Coach, Owen compiled a 5-4 record, going 3-3 in the District.

The Olathe School District has two head coaching vacancies. Olathe North long time legendary coach and mentor to Owen, Gene Weir took an off-field position with the Kansas University football program in December. Olathe East Head Coach Jeff Meyers was fired after 29 years as Head Coach following Olathe East’s first non-winning season since 1999.

Eudora High will now have to look for it’s third new head coach in three years. Prior to Owen coming to EHS, Kevin Kopecky served for one season and resigned in March, 2014.  Attempts to reach Eudora High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Kara Kimberlin about the vacancy were unsuccessful.

Owen said he plans on continuing as a P.E. instructor at EHS through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year.

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With the November elections squarely in our rear-view mirror, it’s now time to turn our focus to the local races that will be affecting Eudora in March 2015.

This year, three seats on the Eudora City Commission will up for a vote. Currently those seats are held by Mayor John Fiore, Commissioner Ruth Hughs and Commissioner Kenny Massey.

Four seats are being contested this year on the School Board.  The seats held by Board Members Mark Chrislip, Daniel Dickerson, Joe Pyle and Belinda Rehmer are all to be voted on this year as well.

Another interesting thing that will be on the ballot this spring will be a question about raising the City sales tax 3/4 of a cent.  We will be doing an in depth article on the sales tax question very soon.

As to the candidates running for the City Commission, no one has officially filed yet for any of the seats open. On the School Board, the only candidate to have filed so far is Bryan Maring. We have messages out to the incumbents to try and get an official on the record statement as to their intentions about running again. During informal conversations held in December with many of these candidates, many gave an indication that they would likely run again, but no one wanted to state on the record that they were indeed running again.

The filing deadline for the School Board and City Commission is Tuesday, January 27 at 12:00 PM.  Candidates for City Commission must file with the Eudora City Clerk at City Hall. The filing cost for candidates is either $10.00 or you can turn in a petition with four signatures from registered voters in the city of Eudora in lieu of a cash payment.  If a candidate is to file with a petition instead of paying the fee, the County Clerk’s office recommends that you file at least three days before the deadline so that all signatures can be verified prior to the deadline. They also recommend at least one extra signature on the petition to ensure enough valid signatures.

Candidates for the School Board must file with the Douglas County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Lawrence.  The filing fee for school board is $5.00. A petition may be submitted in lieu of the $5.00 fee as well.  The Clerk’s office did not indicate on their website how many signatures are needed to file a petition for the School Board.

We will be monitoring who files for seats on the boards and have a full report once we reach the filing deadline.

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