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Jolene BornEudora’s newest Commissioner, Jolene Born

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Jolene Born came out the winner in the election for the Eudora City Commission.  Born garnered 204 votes after the final tallies came in. Finishing second and winning re-election was Tim Reazin with 184 votes. Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson finished in third with 162 votes and Jerry Trober came in a distant fourth with 79.

“I’m very pleased to be serving the citizens of Eudora for the next four years,” Born said about her win. “I want to thank all those that came out and voted for me. ”

Born, who is a relative newcomer to the city having moved here three years ago, said that she plans on jumping right in and contributing quickly.

“I want to see exactly where we are at,” Born told us. “I look to continue all the projects that are currently in the works and help push them forward to completion.”

Tim ReazinTim Reazin during the Meet The Candidate Forum at City Hall on March 12 (photo by photojournalist Mark Moore)

 Tim Reazin who will serve his second term on the City Commission was also appreciative of the voters.

“I’m excited for the outcome. I’ve really enjoyed serving in Eudora and I appreciate the opportunity to serve a second term,” Reazin stated. “Our city has a very bright future and I’m glad to have a part in that future.”

Reazin acknowledged his opponents with positive comments.

“The mayor has done a great job helping our city move towards our future goals and I’m glad I had the opportunity to serve with him,” Reazin said.  “I look forward to a fresh face on the commission and would like to congratulate Jolene on her commission spot.”

With Born and Reazin on the Commission, Mayor Scott Hopson will face having another break from City offices. Hopson took a two year break between his previous term on the Eudora City Council and running for Mayor of Eudora in 2009.

Scott HopsonEudora Mayor Scott Hopson (photo by photojournalist Mark Moore)

“I’m really, really happy for Jolene,” Hopson said.  “But I feel like a big weight has been taken off my shoulders.”

When we asked Hopson about the reason behind his comment about his loss, he declined to give specifics about why he felt that way.  Hopson, who did participate in the candidate forum sponsored by, did not campaign as vigorously as he had in previous elections.  Hopson did no advertising, yard signs or go door to door this time around.

“I’m proud of what we did in the last couple of years,” Hopson said reflecting on his time in office. “Harrenstein (referring to former City Administrator John Harrenstein), I and the Commissioners got some great things accomplished over the last couple of years.”

Other current commissioners praised Hopson on his time in office.

“I hate to see Scott go,” Commissioner Kenny Massey said. “He is very passionate about the city.”

Massey also remarked about his excitement to see Born join the ranks of the Commission.

“In my conversations with her prior to the election, she seems like she is just as passionate as Scott. I look forward to her being a part of the Commission.”

Commissioner Ruth Hughs echoed the sentiments of Massey.

“I have enjoyed serving with Mayor Hopson for the last three years,” Hughs stated. “He has been very dedicated during my time on the Commission to serving the citizens of Eudora.”

Hughs also was pleased the new Commissioner as well.

“I’m looking forward to serving again with Tim and look to welcome Jolene as our newest member of the Commission.”

Born will replace Bill Whitten on the Commission who decided not to run for reelection.  Born and Reazin will be sworn in at the April 22 City Commission meeting.  The very first task on the plate of the new Commission, will be to determine how they select which one of the five of them will be Mayor.  With the form of government change that was approved by voters during the November 2012 General election, residents no longer vote for a mayor, they only vote for the Commissioners and then it is up to the Commission to select the Mayor from among the Commission members.  It has yet to be determined how that selection process will take place.


City Council Chamber

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The Eudora City Commission will be taking up some business tonight that was delayed by the snow storm that hit the area two weeks ago.  There are also some things that peek our interest on the agenda.

– Recognize Pete Feyerabend for service as Interim Fire Chief
– Receive copy of Original City Deed from Eudora Area Historical Society
– Consider Ordinance 1005 correcting Ordinance 1003
– Consider Ordinance 1006 correcting Ordinance 1004
– Consider continuing reduced development fees for 2013
– Consider employee/dependent insurance option
– Consider location of skate park
– Consider city cell phone policy
– Consider color options for city logo

We will report back on the major agenda items and any news that comes out of the meeting.

City Commission meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month at City Hall.  The meetings begin at 7:00 PM and are open to the public.





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Next Tuesday, March 12, The Eudora Chamber of Commerce and will host The Meet the Candidate Forum at Eudora City Hall. The Forum will begin at 7:00 PM and feature candidates for both the School Board and The City Commission.

The Eudora School Board members up for reelection are Joe Hurla, Mike Kelso and Eric Votaw.  They will be joined by Bryan Maring who is making his second attempt at a seat on the Board. Three seats are up to a vote in this election.

In the City Commissioner race,  two seats are up for election. Commissioner Bill Whitten is stepping down and Incumbent Tim Reazin is looking for his second term.  Challenging for the seats are long time resident Jerry Trober, newcomer Jolene Born and Mayor Scott Hopson who must run as a Commissioner instead of Mayor due to the form of government change.

All candidates in attendance will be asked a series of questions put together by a board of Editors from and the audience will have their chance to ask questions of the candidates as well.

The Forum is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Make sure to come and learn about your elected officials.





Eudora News and and the Eudora Chamber of Commerce are proud to sponsor Meet the Candidates – 2013.  The forum will be at Eudora City Hall on Tuesday, March 12 and begin at 7:00 PM.

This forum will be an opportunity to hear from each candidate for the Eudora School Board and Eudora City Commission.  Each candidate in both groups will have an opportunity to tell you about themselves and why they want to represent the citizens of Eudora and patrons of the Eudora School District.

The candidates will be asked a series of questions put together by a panel from the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and editors of  The audience will also be given the chance to ask questions of the candidates.

There forum is free and open to the public.  This is your best single opportunity to find out what the candidates think and help you make an informed decision about who will govern the School District and City over the next four years.



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The field of candidates for the Eudora City Commission and Eudora School Board are now official.  Some surprises and even a little bit of drama led up to filing deadline.

For the School Board, incumbents Joe Hurla, Mike Kelso and Eric Votaw are running for their seats. In addition, Bryan Maring is vying for a spot on the Board.  All four candidates had filed a few weeks ago and we had no surprises at filing deadline.  Three seats will be up for election on the School Board.

In the Eudora City Commission race, we had a flurry of late activity.  Jerry Trober Sr. and Jolene Born had filed a few weeks ago.  Mayor Scott Hopson and Councilman Tim Reazin filed late Friday afternoon.  We did expect other candidates to file on Tuesday morning as the deadline approached, but none materialized.  Two seats currently occupied by Bill Whitten and Tim Reazin are on the ballot.

Whitten, who’s term is about to expire, told us he thought about changing course from his stance of retiring from the Commission and running, but at the last minute decided to not enter the race.  In the vein of full disclosure, even yours truly thought about taking a run at a seat, but in the end I decided I could better serve the public as a reporter than as a candidate and possible Commissioner.

We did hear a couple of other names exploring a run, but none of those chose to file prior to the Noon deadline. We are not identifying those names out of respect for their privacy since they did not file.

So the field is now set. Since there are only four candidates in each race, there will not be a primary and election day is April 2,2013.  We will give you full coverage of the race as it heats up heading to April. We plan on bringing you full candidate profiles on and we will be holding our famous (possibly infamous) Meet the Candidate Forum which will give you the opportunity to see the candidates up close and personal and ask your questions of those who want to govern the City and School District for the next four years.

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