Archive for Thursday, February 10, 2005

Local elections just around the corner

February 10, 2005

There are plenty of candidates and even a window of time still open to register to vote for the upcoming primary election for position No. 4 on the Baldwin School Board.

Six candidates are vying for the four-year term representing the district north of U.S. Highway 56, west of County Road 1055, but also including the northeast section of Baldwin east of 1055 in the city limits. But, voters only have until Monday to register at the Douglas County Courthouse.

"That's correct," said Connie Ingle, who works in the clerk's office. "There are application forms at city hall and they can get them there, but they have to be here on Monday.

"You can go online and get the form, too," said Ingle. "Or, you can come here, which is probably best."

The form is available at www.eac.gov/register_vote_forms. The forms can be filled out and mailed to the Douglas County Clerk, but at this late a date, that may not work. Ingle said the forms can be faxed to the office, but the originals will still have to be mailed.

The primary will be March 1. The only people voting in it are those living in the district mentioned before. The six people on the ballot are: Ruth C. Barkley, Baldwin City; Toby Ebel, Baldwin City, Nathan Feldt, Baldwin City; Charles (Chip) Hornberger, Jr., Baldwin City; Doug Mead, Baldwin City; and Barbara Tucker, Lawrence

Depending on location, the polling places that will be involved are: Marion, Marion Township Hall, 501 E. 300 Rd.; Northwest Baldwin, Baldwin City Fire Department, 610 High Street; Northeast Baldwin, Baldwin Elementary School, 700 Chapel Street; Vinland, Vinland United Methodist Church, 1724 N. 692 Road; and Willow Springs, Willow Springs Township Hall, 303 E. 1100 Road.

The school district revamped the districts in 2002. As part of the process, another position up for election this year is No. 2. It will only be a two-year term, which will get all the positions back on the normal rotation.

"Number two is only two years. That will get them all back on four-year terms," said Teresa Arnold, clerk of the Baldwin School Board. "This is because of the redistricting."

The changes were brought about to even out population density in the districts. It was also designed to get away from the old system where districts were comprised of people who's children attended Marion Springs Elementary School, Vinland Elementary School and Baldwin Elementary School. Now, for example, those in the old MSES district who live south of U.S. 56 are in a different district than those north of that highway.

But, this is the first year the new districts have come into play and has caused some confusion.

Candidates for the No. 2 position are incumbent Lonnie Broers and David Norris. Also up for election this year are positions No. 5 and No. 6. In position No. 5, Bill Busby is unopposed. In position No. 6, are incumbent Ande Parks and Jay Hundley.

The Signal will be running profiles on the candidates in upcoming issues. First up are those candidates for position No. 4, which are involved in the primary.

As for the city election, where there aren't any primary contests, there has been one candidate -- John Frazier -- who has opted not to run.

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