New filings bring more primaries
Two additional candidates filed for city council positions, which forces a primary election Feb. 27 for the three open seats. The mayor's race was already set for a primary.
Todd Cohen, 604 Ninth, filed for the two-year unexpired term on the Baldwin City Council. Carol Lanoue, 1113 Fremont, filed for one of the two four-year terms.
They join candidates who had already filed: Ken Wagner, 501 Lawrence; Carol Taul, 1108 Fremont; and George Rebman, 132 Chapel. All three filed for the four-year positions.
Two incumbents, Lee Whaley, 1105 Fremont, and Eugene Nelson, 712 Jersey, had not filed for re-election by Tuesday, but are expected to.
In the mayor's race, incumbent Stan Krysztof, Ken Hayes and Slade Dillon have filed so far. Deadline to file is Jan. 23. The regular election is in April.
As for school board, where three seats will be up for election, there has been only one filing Ed Schulte has filed for re-election to the Vinland seat. Other seats open are for Marion Springs and Baldwin.
The candidates for city council represent a wide range of Baldwin City. Wagner is co-owner of Heritage Tractor and Taul works at the Douglas County Extension Office. Their reasons for running were in last week's Signal.
Cohen and his wife, Stacy, have two children, Abby, 3, and Alex, 11 months, and have lived in Baldwin since 1998. He oversees the news bureau at the University of Kansas as assistant director of the Office of University Relations. He earned journalism and political science degrees at KU and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Washington.
"I, like so many other people, have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we need a new council, one that is more responsive and more compassionate towards citizens," said Cohen. "My wife and I plan to raise our children here and we have a vested interest in the city's future."
Lanoue and her husband, Robert, have six children, one who attends Baldwin Junior High School, and have lived in the Baldwin area for 12 years. They also have a grandchild who attends Baldwin Elementary School. She works at Century Homes in Lawrence.
"I'm jumping into the coals," said Lanoue. "I feel that there needs to be more community involvement. I'm involved in the building industry and I don't agree with what the city council has done. Instead of saying anything negative, I decided to run."
Lanoue, whose children attend Marion Springs Elementary, is like the other non-incumbents a political newcomer.
"I would say that's true," she said. "I've been readily involved in baseball and football and was on the board of the Ball Association. We're just plain old ordinary people."
Rebman, who is retired, was the Baldwin City Police Chief from 1966 to 1984. He lived in Independence until he moved back in 1999.
"I lived and worked here for 20 years," Rebman said. "I knew there was need for change then and there still is now."