Three file Thursday for Baldwin City mayor position
A lack of candidates for the Baldwin City mayor’s position didn’t last too long. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said he received paperwork for three candidates Thursday.
“I filed today,” said Ken Wagner, a current city council member.
Within 45 minutes of that filing, Shew received the paperwork from incumbent mayor Gary Walbridge and George McCrary.
“You have a race for mayor,” said Shew. “Gary Walbridge and George McCrary’s paperwork was faxed up to me today.”
Unlike in past years, three candidates for mayor does not force a primary. Shew said that takes either four or five candidates filing.
In addition to the mayor’s position, there are two council seats up for the April 7 election. Incumbent Amy Cleavinger has said she will not seek re-election, while fellow council member Doyle Jardon hasn’t decided.
There’s also another opening on the council with the resignation of Tony Brown, who began serving in the Kansas House of Representatives Monday. On the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting is naming his successor, Mike Magers.
Shew said there had been several inquiries today about how to file after a story in today’s Signal outlining that only two people had filed and that was for Baldwin School Board.
“I’ve had people call today inquiring about signing up,” he said.
The two who have filed for school board are incumbents Ande Parks and Ruth Barkley.
Candidates have until noon on Jan. 27 to file. The Signal will update this story online as more information becomes available.