Archive for Friday, January 23, 2009

Two more candidates file for Baldwin City Council

January 23, 2009

Two more candidates have filed for Baldwin City Council positions, bringing the total to four.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Friday that Bonnie Plumberg and Russ Gill filed for council. They join Dan Broers and Rick Gere. All four are newcomers to Baldwin City politics.

Shew said that Baldwin City’s filings are ahead of other cities.

“Most of the activity in the county seems to be happening down around Baldwin right now,” he said.

Those four candidates will be vying for two seats on the council vacated by Amy Cleavinger and Doyle Jardon. Both council members have indicated they will not seek re-election.

There have also been three people file for the mayor’s position. They are incumbent Gary Walbridge. Council Member Ken Wagner and one-time Council Member George McCrary.

All three incumbents on the Baldwin School Board have filed for re-election. They are Ande Parks, Ruth Barkley and Bill Busby. No one else has filed.

The deadline to file for both school board and city council is noon Tuesday. No exceptions, Shew has said.


123456 9 years, 4 months ago

At one time Amy wanted to run for mayor, maby the heat she took for helping push the new school through was too much, she might be suffering from the George McCrary syndrome, if it gets too hot, bail out.


ghostofphyllis 9 years, 4 months ago

Could be 123456 but at least she is sticking it out till the end of her term and not bailing in the middle of the mess. Like her or not...she is sticking it out and not cutting and running


kermit 9 years, 4 months ago

Is bonnie the lady in the coffee shop that is in the antique store? anybody know anything about russ gill? rick is the bbq guy---correct? anyone else rumored to file this week? glad to see we actually have a real choice this time around. one or two more would be nice---particularly for school board.


Peabody 9 years, 4 months ago

I wish to express appreciation to Amy and Doyle for their service to the citizens of Baldwin City during their terms on the city council. They both worked hard to make decisions to benefit us all. Regardless of their reasons to not run again, we're going to miss their leadership.

That being said, the slate of candidates for the city council and mayoral races is very promising. We should all look forward to spirited discussions of current city issues as the local political season develops.

Tony Brown Baldwin City Resident


p_zinzer 9 years, 4 months ago

I think it says a lot that Doyle stayed with City Council even with the acquisition of his new business and the tremendous investment of time and resources to balancing family life with the neverending demands of being a small business owner.

When someone makes a commitment to become a City Council member, he or she should stick it through. If a person chooses not to do that, then it should be a good indication that the person would consider it acceptable to bail again, even when the stakes are higher.

Yes, George, I'm speaking about you.


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