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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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