1/18/2011 NEWS UPDATE
Mark Chrisplip has filed for reelection for his School Board seat as of this morning.
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We wanted to give you a quick rundown as to what we have learned about candidates so far in the upcoming elections.
First the City Council Elections:
Incumbent Ruth Hughs has filed for the campaign. Councilwoman Maria Nelson has stated on the record that she is going to file.
Challenger Jerry Trober has also filed for the election. Jeff Peterson, the other sitting council member has decided not to run. Three seats are up for election in 2011.
On the School Board:
There are five seats to be put to a vote. 4 regular seats held by board members Mark Chrislip, Kenny Massey, Joe Pyle and Belinda Rehmer are up and Nancy Jackson was appointed to the board, so her seat is also up for reelection this year.
As of late last week, Rehmer was the only incumbent so far to file.
Chrislip (SEE NEWS UPDATE ABOVE), Massey and Pyle stated they are still “undecided”. Jackson was unavailable to comment and has not returned inquiries.
Also filing for School Board seats are Dr. Daniel Dickerson and Bryan Maring. Dickerson practices at Eudora Family Care and Maring has been an instructor at the University and High school levels.
The filing deadline is January 25th. As we get closer to the elections, we will have candidate profiles for all the candidates running in the election who choose to respond. EudoraReporter.com will be your one stop location for election coverage in 2011.
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City Council Member Jeff Peterson has announced that he will not seek reelection to the City Council in April.
“The City Council needs new people from time to time.” Peterson said. “I think it needs a balance of experience along with new blood to help move the city forward.”
Peterson noted that he believes the city is in a good position as he prepares to leave office this spring. “We’ve got a great plan for the Nottingham Development site, Lawrence Memorial Hospital opening their new office building and we’ve got a great partnership with the School District.”
As to what he would like to see in the future, Peterson said he hopes for more business development. “We’ve got a good foundation, but we have to have more business in town.”
Peterson plans to focus on his business and family after his service is completed. Peterson is a Financial Advisor with Edward D. Jones, located on the east side of Lawrence on 23rd St.
Peterson’s desires for the future include hope that the rural water situation between the City and the Township gets resolved and the that the School District and the city continue their partnership well into the future.
When questioned about further political ambitions, Peterson said he has no plans in the near future for public office. “You never know what the future will bring, but right now I want to focus on my business and family.”
“Eudora is a great town and a great place to live” Peterson said. “I see an exciting future for the city.”
Three seats on the City Council will be up for election in April. Currently, Maria Nelson and Ruth Hughs, both current sitting Council members have announced their bid for reelection. Jerry Trober, a former city employee, has also announced his intention to run.
The filing deadline for City Council is January 25. www.eudorareporter.com will be following all the local campaigns in detail into 2011.
We may be only nearing the Christmas holidays, but we need to start talking about this spring. That is when local elections will occur. Hopefully it may be a bit warmer by then too.
There will be three positions on the City Council up for election in the Spring. If 11 or more candidates run, a primary will be held in March, otherwise the general election will be held in April.
So far, Maria Nelson has stated on the record that she will run for reelection. Ruth Hughs has not only stated she will run, but has in fact already filed with the county. The third candidate so far into the mix is Jerry Trober.
Trober is a retired city employee, who, in a discussion with Eudorareporter.com, stated that he wants to run so he too can help improve the city.
Jeff Peterson, the other current City Council member up for reelection, has not yet decided if he intends to run.
Eudorareporter.com will be featuring all candidates in the race as we get closer to election time. If you know of someone who is planning on running, or stated their intention, make sure to have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org