Candidates flock at deadline forcing primary
Late filings right at the deadline at noon Tuesday provided a full slate of candidates for openings on the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin School Board. That includes the necessity of a primary in one of the school board positions.
As of last Wednesday, only three candidates had filed for eight openings. But, that began to change last week and took off Tuesday at the deadline. Now there are 11 candidates for school board and seven for council seats.
For position No. 4, six candidates filed, which forces a primary. However, only voters living between the western edge of the district to County Road 1055 to the east north of U.S. Highway 56 will be asked to choose between incumbent Chip Hornberger, Toby Ebel, Nathan Feldt, Doug Mead, Ruth C. Barkley and Barbara Tucker.
The only other contested school district slate is position No. 2, where incumbent Lonnie Broers and challenger David Morris both filed Tuesday. Running unopposed are Bill Busby for position No. 5 and Ande Parks for position No. 6.
On the city council side, incumbent Tony Brown is the lone candidate for the two-year position that's open. The position fulfills the unexpired term of Todd Cohen, who resigned the post last spring. Brown was appointed to fill the position, but chose to run to give voters a chance to determine if he was getting the job done.
There are four candidates for the two four-year positions. Those candidates are incumbent Amy Cleavinger, John Frazier, Doyle Jardon and Jason Mock. Running for mayor are incumbent Ken Hayes and challenger Gary Walbridge.
The primary for the Marion Springs district will be March 1. The general election will be April 5. There will be more information on candidates in Thursday's Baldwin City Signal.