Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tuesday primaries to narrow field to 8

February 22, 2007

It's down to the wire for 10 candidates seeking four seats on the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin School Board. Primary elections for both are Tuesday.

Seven candidates have filed for the three city council positions up for grabs. Those are incumbents Ted Brecheisen Jr., Nancy Brown and Tony Brown, along with Jennifer Hayes, Jason Mock, Kenny Niehoff and Ken Wagner. Four candidates filed for the at-large, position No. 7 seat on the school board, but one, Dave Wagner, has since withdrawn. The three remaining candidates are Teresa Arnold, Doug Mead and Joshua Mihesuah.

"We're gearing up for it," said Keith Campbell, deputy Douglas County Clerk in charge of elections. "Everything is going as planned. Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout in Baldwin City with both the city council and school board races."

In the city council race, voters can choose three candidates in the primary. Voters can only choose one candidate in the school board primary. Those represent the numbers of openings on each governing board.

The primary will pare the council field down to six candidates for the April 3 general election. Two school board candidates will advance to the general election, where they'll be joined by incumbents Alison Bauer, Blaine Cone and Scott Lauridsen, who are running unopposed, on the ballot.

Most normal polling places in Baldwin City and the school district will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the primary. A few school district voters, such as those living in Franklin County, will vote in Baldwin as a result of no primary elections in those areas. Those voters have been notified by mail, said County Clerk Jamie Shew.

Aside from the incumbents, only Wagner has previous council experience in that race. He was on the council in 2002 through 2006. Although none of the school board candidates have previous experience in Baldwin, Mihesuah served on the school board in Flagstaff, Ariz, prior to moving here two years ago.

Shew said everything is ready to go for the primary and he's hoping for weather similar to what's going on this week with warm temperatures and no snow.

"As far as we know, we're ready," said Shew. "Hopefully, we'll have weather like this. I've looked at the long-range forecast and it looks like we're going to be clear and in the 40s."

Candidate forums were held last week for both races. The Signal had a story on last week's council forum and there's a story in this issue on Thursday's school board forum.

Last week, the Signal published candidate profiles on the three school board candidates. They are available on-line at www.baldwincity.com in the Election 2007 section.

This week, profiles are available on the seven council candidates on pages A-5 through A-9. Those profiles will also be available on-line.

Prior to the April 3 general election, the Signal will also be publishing profiles on the three school board incumbents who are running unopposed.

Monday was the deadline for filing financial reports with the clerk regarding campaign money. None of the 10 candidates from Baldwin City were required to file, because donations were under $500.

"We didn't have any from Baldwin with more than $500," said Campbell.

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