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Election Day in Eudora could get a bit interesting. The ballots printed for Eudora say to Vote for THREE(3) or FEWER for the School Board.  The ballot should read Vote for FOUR(4) or FEWER for the School Board.  On the City Commission column, the wording of vote for three or fewer is correct.

According to Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew, he says they found out this morning.

“The printing mistake wasn’t caught until we opened up the boxes early this morning before the polls opened,” Shew said. “Workers corrected the ballots and they are instructing voters that they can mark up to four for School Board.”

Several midday voters have confirmed that this is occurring at the various polling locations.  We asked Shew about those who voted in advance with incorrect ballots. He told us that there was 28 voters who cast ballots prior to election day.  He stated that all tabulation machines were programmed to accept up to four votes for School Board.  Shew added that the office will be looking into why the ballots were incorrect.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of how it happened yet,” Shew said.

What will happen in regards to this could be something to watch. If a candidate for School Board wanted to contest the election, they could use this error as grounds to do so.  A candidate could call into question the 28 advanced votes and possibly election day ballots as well.  While 28 ballots is not a large number, in a smaller election with a very light turnout expected, 28 could mean the difference between 4th place (and a seat on the Board) and 5th place (watching from the cheap seats). In both the 2011 and 2013 School Board races, 42 votes separated the candidates from winning and losing. In those same two elections for the City Commission, the races were decided by 22 or less votes.




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The race for Eudora School Board has begun with multiple candidates filing for one of the four available seats this spring.

Bryan Maring was the first candidate to file on January 5. Until Friday, no one else had put their name in the hat for the race. The Douglas County Courthouse must have had a long line on Friday because 4 candidates filed.  Sitting board members Joe Pyle and Mark Chrislip filed along with two new comers, Mike Howard and Kelly Holder.

We reached out to all the candidates to ask them why they were running for the Board. Everyone talked about their concerns over state financing in the future. Governor Sam Brownback has announced his intentions to seek an end to the current school funding formula and rewrite it in the wake of state budget shortfalls.

Mike Howard has lived in Eudora for nine years and has a child in both Middle School and High School.

“I want to figure out the best way to use the money we have with the funding cuts likely to come,” Howard said. “We are going to have to make tough choices as we go forward.”

Kelly Holder has some educational background. He has worked for the State Department of Education and taught post secondary education at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  Holder has a daughter who is in Kindergarten at Eudora Elementary.

“Every School District is going to face some challenges with funding,” Holder said while referring to looming changes in state aid.  Holder also referred to a particular situation he saw as important.

“My daughter only has art two times a month,” Holder stated. “I’d like to see an increase in arts education.”

The two veterans of the Board who are running for another term also felt concern over possible budget woes in the future.

“We’ve done a lot of good things in the district and I’m very proud of that,” Joe Pyle said. “We are likely going to have some real challenges with funding from the state and having served for 12 years I feel my experience can contribute to the process of making those decisions.”

Mark Chrslip, the longest serving member of the board at 24 years wants to return for a seventh term.

“I really feel passionate about the good education system in Eudora,” Chrislip said. “We have had such good success and I want to continue to be a part of it.”

As we were ready to go to post on the website, we learned that Lynn Reazin has filed for the School Board race as well on Monday.  Reazin is the wife of City Commission member Tim Reazin. Her candidacy makes for six candidates for the four seats.

On the City Commission race, the exact opposite is occurring. Former Mayor and current Commission member Ruth Hughs is so far the only candidate to file for the race. Three seats are up for election in the March election.

“It has been an honor to serve our community the last 5 years as a city commissioner and I have decided to run for a second term,” Hughs told us.  “I have learned a lot about being a ‘city decision maker’ and would like to use that knowledge another 4 years.”

Hughs has served on the Commission since March, 2010. She was appointed to replace Fred Stewart who had resigned.  Hughs won her first campaign handily in the 2011 election.  She also has the distinction of being the first female Mayor in the history of Eudora.

We have reports of some interested parties but as of Monday night, no one has filed for the election. The deadline to file is Tuesday at Noon. Commission candidates must file at Eudora City Hall. School Board members file at the Douglas County Courthouse. We will do a final election update following the Noon deadline on Tuesday.





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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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The primary elections for multiple races will close out on Tuesday, August 5.  Multiple races will have the candidate list narrowed down to one for each party.

With a long list of candidates, we wanted to highlight the races that have multiple opponents in the primary.

For United States Senator, both Democrats and Republicans have choices to make.  Democrats will choose between Chad Taylor (Topeka) and Patrick Wiesner (Lawrence).  Taylor is the Shawnee County District Attorney and Wiesner is a tax lawyer based in Lawrence.

The Republicans have multiple people vying for the nod. Sen. Pat Roberts (Dodge City) is seeking a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.  Roberts faces competition from Milton Wolf, a Radiologist from Leawood,  former Osawatomie City Councilwoman D.J. Smith and Alvin E. Zahnter, a truck driver from Russell.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, the challenge is on the Republican side.  Three Term incumbent Lynn Jenkins (Topeka) has a challenge from 31-year-old Pittsburg State University employee Joshua Joel Tucker.  The winner of the Republican primary for the House will face Margie Wakefield (Lawrence) in the November general election.

In the State races, Republican incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (Topeka) faces off against Jennifer Winn, a small business owner in Wichita. The winner of this race will face what has been described as stiff competition from Paul Davis, a Lawrence attorney who is the current Minority Leader in the Kansas House of Representatives. Davis has served in the house since 2003.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Piper) faces a challenge on the Republican side from Scott Morgan, a former Lawrence School Board president.  The winner of the primary will face Jean Kurtis Schodorf (Wichita).

The GOP will have a difficult choice for Insurance Commissioner. Five candidates crowd the field for the Republican nomination.  Beverly Gossage (Eudora), who lives on the southeast side of the area and has served as a health insurance consultant for many years, faces candidates from around the state. David Powell (El Dorado) is an insurance agent. Ken Selzer (Leawood) is an accountant.  Clark Shultz (Lindsborg) is a first term Kansas House Representative and  insurance auditor.  The final candidate is John Toplikar, a Johnson County Commissioner and former KS House Representative.  Gossage has received the endorsements of several politicians including most notably former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich along with several state Representatives.  The winner of this race will take on Dennis Anderson (Overland Park) for the right to replace Sandy Praeger who is retiring.

The only Kansas House race in our area is for the Democratic nod in the 42nd District.  This is the District the covers most of the city of Eudora.  Harold Fevurly Jr. is once again attempting a run for the House. Fevurly lost in a bid to unseat  Connie O’Brien (Tonganoxie). Fevurly faces a challenge from Austin Lee Harris (Tonganoxie).  Harris is apolitical newcomer as he just 18-years-old and graduated from Tonganoxie High School in May.

All other races for various local and state positions have no opposition in the primary.

If you are wondering where to vote here is the list of the 4 polling places in Eudora:

Precinct 50 covers West Eudora and will vote at the Eudora Church of Christ, 1530 Winchester Rd.

North Eudora (Precinct 52) will vote at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. 7th St.

Precinct 53 encompasses South Eudora and will vote at the Township Fire Station, 310 E. 20th St.

Central Eudora (Precinct 54) will vote at the Eudora Recreation Center, 1638 Elm St.

These are the same polling places as in recent years.  Polls will be open 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.  As per Kansas State law, you will need to produce an I.D. to be eligible to vote in your party affiliated primary.

To complicate matters just a bit, the House passed legislation this spring that states you cannot change your political affiliation between July 1 and August 31.  So if you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, you cannot switch parties at election time. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can declare a party at the primary election, but you will not be able to change it until September 1st when anyone will be allowed to change their party without restrictions.

We will bring you full coverage after the primary election focusing on the local races of note.



Congratulations to Allison Hardman, Student of the Week for March 3-7!

Allison Hardman

Allison, the daughter of Rebecca Lee and Justin Hardman, is a fifth grader in Mrs. Reanier’s class at Eudora Elementary School.  Here are a few things about Allison:

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite book: Dork Diaries

Favorite food: Chicken patty sandwich

Hero: Nana and Papa because they took care of me while I was growing up

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I want to go to college at KU and be a baker


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