Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Races attract little interest

Filing deadline for city government, school district positions noon Tuesday

January 20, 2005

Elections for this spring's De Soto city government positions and De Soto USD 232 Board of Education seats have attracted little interest with less than a week remaining before the candidate filing deadline.

The terms of two City Council seats now held by Tim Maniez and Emil Urbanek and that of Mayor Dave Anderson expire this spring. Three seats expire on the School Board, including two positions that represent at least part of De Soto.

The filing deadline is noon Tuesday. Candidates can file at De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th St., or at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe.

Anderson filed for a second term as mayor last month. Tim Maniez said he was ready to give up his seat after five terms.

Although yet to make his final decision, Urbanek said he was leaning toward running for a second four-year term.

"I picked up the papers the other day, but I haven't totally made up my mind yet," he said.

He and his wife were thinking about doing some traveling, which would require him to miss meetings, Urbanek said.

"If we do that, I'd have to miss some meetings," he said. "I'm not going to do that. I like to make all the meetings."

The Council had made a lot of progress the past four years, Urbanek said, citing street improvements and the recent decisions that should have a new wastewater plant online in about two years. But he said there were other issues he'd like to see to completion.

"The streets -- we've come a long way, but we have a lot more to go," he said. "I'd like to see the water resolved. That's really the big issue we have out there. I'd hate to just walk away before we make a decision on water."

Plummer told The Explorer earlier this month he would not seek another term for his position seat, while Allenbrand filed earlier this month for re-election in District 3, Position 4.

Allenbrand gained an opponent this week when De Soto resident Randy Johnson filed (see related story, Page 3A).

A primary will be required if three or more people file for De Soto mayor or any of the School Board seats, but five candidates must file to force a primary for the two City Council seats.

Should a primary be necessary for a School Board seat, participation would be limited to those registered voters living in the district boundaries of the seat. A general election would be opened up to all registered voters in the school district.

The date for the primary election, if needed, is March 1. The general election is April 5. Also on the ballot that day in De Soto is a measure that would allow the city to opt out of the state of Kansas' ban on Sunday liquor sales.

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