Jerry Trober

Zach Bost tries his hand at ski ball at the 2011 CPA Picnic

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Hundreds gathered in downtown Eudora on a hot and steamy Saturday evening to celebrate the 103rd CPA picnic.

The highlight of the festivities was the Grand Parade. People lined the parade route from Laws Field to 7th and Main Streets to see this years floats.  Many enjoyed the class reunion floats, along with the various kids groups, businesses, tractors and official city vehicles.   While there is not an award for the best presentation, many people commented on how energetic and fun the 4-H club’s float was.

The carnival rides and games were busy well into the evening and people enjoyed a good time in downtown Eudora.

Jerry Trober, CPA picnic organizer was pleased with the turnout this year.

“We had a really great crowd on Saturday night,” Trober said. “We appreciate all those who supported the activities that allow us to help out many local groups.”

According to Trober, nearly $2000 was raised that will be distributed to several organizations in Eudora including the Food Pantry at St. Paul United Church of Christ, the 4-H club, the Mayor’s Christmas tree, All Night Prom, The Eudora High School Endowment and and a scholarship fund for college bound high school kids.

You can go to our photo gallery with a wide several pictures from the weekends events by clicking on the link HERE.

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Some changes are coming to City Hall.  Three City council positions were up for grabs in today’s election and a handful of candidates were vying for those seats.

Ruth Hughs came away as the leading vote getter, garnering over 400 votes for 28.8% of the vote. She bested the second place candidate Kenny Massey by 140 votes.  The race for the third and final spot was much tighter as John Fiore edged Jerry Trober by 12 votes.

Maria Nelson came in 5th 30 votes behind Trober and Chris Fiedler rounded out the list a distant 6th.

When we asked Hughs about her huge win she said “I can’t believe it. I’m just so humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Eudora. I appreciate all those who lent their support to me.”

John Fiore talked about how he was excited to be added to the City Council. “I appreciate all the voters faith in me. I will work hard to represent the people well.”

Kenny Massey, who decided to move away from the School Board and to the City Council spoke to us and talked about how “this is a new challenge for me and a new perspective.  I’m looking forward to that challenge in the future.”

Incumbent Maria Nelson, who fell short in her bid for a second term, was saddened by the news of the loss but was upbeat about the future. “I’m very happy to have served the last four years.  I’m also very happy to be handing over the reins to a group of great people.”

The newcomer to the race, Chris Fiedler summed up the race and the results  saying “Congratulations to those who won. It was a pleasure to run against everyone and do it in a good, clean race.   I look forward to cotniue being involved in the community in the coming years.”

The new Council should be sworn in at the April 11th City Council meeting.

News and notes about the numbers:

Voter turnout was fair with approximately 15% of the voters casting ballots. The lowest percentage turnout was in Central Eudora with 12.6% of votes cast and the largest was in the north precinct where they has 17.3%.

Jerry Trober tied with Rugh Hughs in the north precinct with 75 votes. Trober’s numbers in the south district were extremely low which knocked him down to 4th place in the race.

Massey had good enough numbers on the West side of town to propel him into second. Massey finished third in the other three precincts.

According to the numbers we have, just under 700 voters turned out for the City Council election. There are just over 4800 registered voters in the city.

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We are now less than 24 hours from the deadline for candidates to file for either School Board or City Council elections this spring.

Today John Fiore, filed for a seat on the City Council. Fiore is a former president of the Eudora Chamber of Commerce who is employed by Knology of Kansas (formerly Sunflower Broadband). Fiore received his MBA in Business Administration in 2010.

This brings the list of candidates to four now. Ruth Hughs, Jerry Trober, and Chris Fiedler previously filed for one of the three positions up for a vote this spring.  There is no official word yet on Maria Nelson, who has stated in the past she intends to run, but as of late this afternoon has yet to file. The filing deadline is Noon Tuesday.

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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.

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