Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Three file Thursday for Baldwin City mayor position

January 15, 2009, 2:10 p.m.

Updated: January 16, 2009, 9:52 a.m.

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.


p_zinzer 9 years, 3 months ago

McCrary, huh? Very interesting. He ran for and was elected to City Council several years ago. But I guess he got bored, p@ss!d off, or whatever and just decided to quit. Not sure we could count on him to serve a full term if elected.


ghostofphyllis 9 years, 3 months ago

McCrary didnt get bored...he lost his nerve. Remember the police fiasco where he promised the police officers he would stick up for them and didnt? And he promised the council he would stick with them on standing against the cops that sued the city and he didnt? Like the poor car salesman persona he is...he just ran......


123456 9 years, 3 months ago

When the going gets tough George gets going.


BaldwinDad 9 years, 2 months ago

I would not trust George with the time of day, much less Mayor of my town...I have had business dealing with him in the past and he is a crook as well as a coward.


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