Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Plumberg to run for mayor, Busby won’t seek re-election to school board

Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education

Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education

January 9, 2013

The spring elections for Baldwin City Council and USD 348 Board of Education got more interesting in the last week.

Baldwin City Councilwoman Bonnie Plumberg announced her candidacy for mayor Tuesday with the news that Mayor Ken Wagner would not seek re-election.

“I would like to continue the work he has started and I have started,” she said. “I enjoy the council immensely. I think we have a good team. I would like the opportunity to captain that team.”

Plumberg was elected to the council in 2009. She serves as chairwoman of the council’s Community and Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Public Health and Safety Committee.

Plumberg owns the Pink Lady Consignment Shop at 215 N. Sixth St. Before she and her husband, Tom, moved to Baldwin City in 2006, Plumberg had a career managing national retain chains.

Plumberg’s decision to run for mayor will leave open her seat on the council. Councilman Tom Farmer’s term also expires this year.

With the filing deadline of noon Jan. 22 less than two weeks away, there have been no filings yet for city council or the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education.

Board member Bill Busby, whose term expires this year, told The Signal he would not seek another term. Busby was elected to two four-year terms to the board’s District 2, Position 5 seat.

Two other board members whose terms expire this year, Ruth Barkley of District 1, Position 5, and Ande Parks of District 3, Position 6, said they are still undecided about seeking re-election.

Sheryl Gill’s term to the at-large position she was appointed to in June 2012 also expires in 2013.

Those filing for position board seats must be residents of the districts they would represent. District 1 includes all of the school district north of U.S. Highway 56 and west of Douglas County Road 1055 and neighborhoods immediately east of 1055, including the Signal Ridge subdivision and area south and west of the junior and high school campus. District 2 includes all the remaining territory in the school district west of 1055. District 3 consists of that area west of 1055 and south of U.S. 56.

Comments

arizona13 1 year, 3 months ago

I am not a life long resident of Baldwin but I have lived here long enough to care what happens to this town. I am very concerned about the lack of candidates for positions on school board and for council and mayor. I hope apathy with our state and federal political system will not lead to apathy on a local level but I am afraid that is exactly what is happening. We even have apathy among some of the elected officials who are serving now! That is not what we need. We need vision and we need strength. We need an informed electorate to keep them honest.

I hope everyone who cares what happens to our community will make an effort to think about who they want to see representing them. Then go to those you think are qualified and ask them to serve. I believe there are qualified people would run if they had a little encouragement from their friends and neighbors. I challenge everyone to talk to someone you think would be a good candidate and make the case for public service. Perhaps that person is you. Now, more than ever we need quality candidates for all positions.

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straightforward 1 year, 3 months ago

So you're gonna file???

Just kidding, I don't mean that in a mean way. It's understandable that few people would want to run. No one wants to make their friends and neighbors mad when they do something they disagree with. To most it's just not worth it to deal with all the critics. Would you want to run if you were a business owner? The economy is tough enough without disgruntled people "boycotting" your business because they disagree with the things you do. I know Bonnie is a business owner and I guess I commend her for running anyway, although I still can't imagine a scenario where I would vote for her as mayor.

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