Slates set for spring elections
No matter the results of the April 5 elections, there will be many fresh faces on the Baldwin City Council and the USD 348 Board of Education with only one incumbent choosing to seek re-election.
School Board Member Josh Mihesuah was the only incumbent who filed for the April 5 election. He has served the shortest term of any school board candidates whose terms expire this year. Mihesuah was elected to the board in 2007.
“Mainly, the reason is I wanted to continue to serve the district and the kids,” Mihesuah said. “I’ve always had a passion for education. I’ve been in higher education for 30 years now.
“The main reason I really wanted to do it is because I think we’re going to have some struggles in the future, especially with the budget. I think we need some consistency with the board members with some of the things that need to happen with the district. Hopefully we can now look at this as an opportunity, even though it may not look good, there are some good opportunities to develop some things that we need to develop in hard times.”
The seats held by School Board President Alison Bauer, along with board members Blaine Cone and Scott Lauridsen will be filled with new USD 348 members elected April 5.
Running for Bauer’s position No. 1 seat are Nick Harris and Shawn Nelson. Three candidates are running for Lauriden’s position No. 2 seat. They are Ed Kite, John Dunbar and Sandy Chapman.
Cone occupies position No. 3. The two candidates vying for her seat are Chad Christie and Slade Dillon.
Mihesuah will be running for re-election as the at-large position No. 7. His two opponents will be Robin Bayer and Tony Wedel.
Because the maximum candidates running for any school board position is three, there won’t be a primary election, said Jamie Shew, Douglas County clerk. If one more person had run for positions No. 2 or No. 7, a primary would have been necessary.
“I’m not really surprised at the turn out,” Mihesuah said. “It’s great to see. I think a lot of people want to get in there and make some changes after seeing all of the budget cuts from the state. I just hope that a lot of people aren’t in there for the wrong reasons and are one-issue candidates. It’s very hard to be on the school board, because it’s different when you see it from the outside as opposed to being on the inside. It’s very different once you become part of the board.”
As for the Baldwin City Council election, three of the four candidates filed early this week before Tuesday’s deadline. Jason Mock filed first for one of the three seats. Mock also ran for city council in 2007. The other three candidates are Kenneth Hayes, Shane Starkey and Coy Weege.
The three expiring city council seats are now held by Ted Brecheisen, Mike Magers and Bayer.
The Baldwin City Signal will be publishing candidate profiles before the election on both races.
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