City council, school board races forced to primary
An 11th hour flurry of filings has not only brought a wealth of candidates for the seven positions available on the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin School Board, it has also forced a primary election on Feb. 27.
"Looks like you're going to have two," said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew regarding a primary election.
In both the city council and school board races, seven people filed. There are three openings on the council and four on the school board. However, there will only be one race on the school board. Three incumbents will run unopposed, while four people filed for the position No. 7 at-large opening.
In the city council race, incumbents Tony Brown, Nancy Brown and Ted Brecheisen Jr. will face challengers Ken Wagner, Kenneth Neihoff, Jennifer Hayes and Jason Mock. Wagner is a former city council member and Mock, a junior at Baker University, ran for a council post two years ago unsuccessfully.
For school board, incumbents Alison Bauer, Blaine Cone and Scott Lauridsen will retain positions. Lauridsen filed for the No. 2 position where incumbent Lonnie Broers had decided not to seek re-election. Lauridsen had been elected to the at-large post.
The four candidates running for the at-large position are Teresa Arnold, Joshua Mihesuah, Dave Wagner and Doug Mead.
There will be additional stories on the election in Thursday's Signal. Additional information will be added on-line as it becomes available.