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Yesterday we had published a story about the upcoming City elections in March. As stated in that story, we had messages out to all elected officials who’s term was coming up asking if they planned on running again. Several have responded back through the day stating they will still undecided, but two interesting responses come from Commissioner Kenny Massey and School Board member Dr. Daniel Dickerson.
Massey stated to us that he would not be seeking a second term on the City Commission and that he wanted to focus on the Library Board where he also serves as a Board Member.
“I want to dedicate my time and focus to the library board in hopes of moving forward with the vision of building a new library for Eudora in the not too distant future,” Massey said in his statement. “The library board and library staff have made great strides over the two years in expanding the scope of library functions and programs in the community. The expansion of programming opportunities and participation numbers within these areas has brought the realization of the need for a new library to top of my list. “
For several years the Library board has talked about the possibility of building a new library. When the deal was made with the School District and the City to purchase the grounds of the old Eudora Middle School at 10th and Main in 2011, a portion of that property was carved out for the Township Library with the hopes of using that property to build a new library someday. It now appears that maybe that new library project may be moving forward.
Massey has served as a City Commissioner for four years and spent 16 on the School Board prior to running for the City Commission.
Over on the School Board, Dr. Daniel Dickerson also announced that he will not seek re-election to a second term on the School Board.
“It has been my honor to have been on the school board for the last three and a half years,” Dickerson said. “At this point, I do not plan on seeking another term. I hope to find other ways to serve the community.”
Dickerson had been familiar with most of Eudora serving as a family physician at Eudora Family Care until December 2014 when he took a position with PRA Health Sciences, a pharmaceutical research firm based in Raleigh, NC with offices located in multiple locations worldwide including Lenexa, KS. Dickerson said in his response back to us that “he already misses his patients”.
While not all sitting members have yet responded to our request, some have answered back that they are uncertain yet. School Board member Belinda Rehmer said she would announce her intentions after the School Board meeting Thursday night. Board Member Mark Chrislip and City Commissioner Ruth Hughs both have stated they are still mulling over seeking re-election. We will keep you updated on any further developments about who may or may not be running for the Board and Commission.