Only two file for school, city positions
Rumors and posturing aside, there are only two candidates who have filed for the upcoming April elections.
Incumbent Baldwin School Board Members Ande Parks and Ruth Barkley had filed by Tuesday afternoon, according to Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew. No one else has, he said.
“Ande Parks and Ruth Barkley, no, that’s the only ones from Baldwin City,” said Shew.
Talk around town has involved one candidate who says he filed for Baldwin City mayor, but that has not happened. Incumbent Mayor Gary Walbridge is close to a decision on running again.
“I’m not ready to make that announcement yet,” Walbridge said late last week.
There’s also another name being mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate. If all three filed, it would not cause a primary election, said Shew.
“Under the old law, that would be a primary,” he said of three people running for one position. “Under the new law, it isn’t.”
Besides Walbridge’s position, there are two city council positions up for election. Incumbent Amy Cleavinger has said she will not seek re-election, while Doyle Jardon hadn’t decided as of last week.
Also, a third position on the council is up for grabs with Tony Brown’s resignation to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives. A replacement for Brown hasn’t been named yet. The scenario sets up the possibility of four new faces on the council.
On the school board side, one other incumbent is up for re-election. Bill Busby remains undecided on whether he’ll file. Parks had made it clear he is running and Barkley joined him.
“I paid my $5 and filed,” said Barkley.
The low number of candidates so far isn’t out of the ordinary, Shew said.
“I think we have three filed for Eudora School Board, but no city positions,” he said. “Five have filed for Lawrence city commission and none for school board. There’s one from Lecompton who has filed.”
Candidates have until noon Jan. 27 to file for the April election. Forms can be obtained at the county courthouse or online and those wanting to run for city positions can obtain the forms at City Hall. But Shew is offering a reminder.
“We’re two weeks away,” he said. “I think if people are considering it, yeah, they need to file. People who have called we are reminding them that our office is closed Monday for Martin Luther King Day.”