Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Voters to choose from entire field

March 24, 2005

When Baldwin School District voters go to the polls April 5, it will be different from the March 1 primary, with everyone able to vote on all candidates.

There are four positions up for grabs -- No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. In the primary, only the No. 4 position had enough candidates to cause a run-off. Only voters in that district were allowed to vote. However, that's not the situation in the general election.

"There are three voting plans that districts can use," said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew. "Baldwin uses voting plan B, where only the voters in the particular district can vote on those candidates in the primary. But, everyone votes for all candidates in the general election.

"Voting plan B is probably one of the most confusing," said Shew, who took over as Clerk in January after winning the November election. "That's one of the things when I became county clerk that I had to research so I'd know what was going on."

Candidates in the No. 2 position are incumbent Lonnie Broers and David Norris. In No. 4, incumbent Chip Hornberger faces Ruth Barkley. In No. 6, incumbent Ande Parks squares off with Jay Hundley. In position No. 5, Bill Busby runs unopposed. Incumbent Ed Schulte chose not to run for re-election.

On the city council side, there are also four openings. Incumbent Mayor Ken Hayes faces challenger Gary Walbridge. Three candidates are vying for two council positions. They are incumbent Amy Cleavinger, Doyle Jardon and Jason Mock. Incumbent Ken Wagner chose not to run for re-election. Incumbent Tony Brown runs unopposed for the other council seat.

Profiles on all candidates have run in the Signal during the past month. They are available online at the Signal's Web site at Updated election results will also be available, as always, on the Web site on election night.

There will also be public forums for the candidates next week. On Tuesday, school board candidates will debate and on Thursday, it will be the council and mayor candidates. Both forums are set for 7 p.m. in the audiovisual room at Owens Musical Arts Building on the Baker University campus. The political science department at Baker is running the forums.

The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored and run the forums in the past, is soliciting questions from residents for the candidates. Those questions will be given to the Baker group for use at the forums.

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