Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Race Is On

OK, the filing deadline has come and gone, and the election for Shawnee City Council is set.

Let's look at Ward II first, since four people have filed and that has created a primary election which will be held on Feb 26.  The top two vote getters move on to the general election.

Mike Kemmling, the individual who challenged Neal Sawyer last year and received 650 votes to Sawyer's 661.  Talk about close.  Seems like lots of folks in Ward II were impressed with this young professional (he's a dentist, with a practice in Shawnee).

Alan Willoughby, the mayor's uncle by marriage, who was appointed to the position after David Morris resigned.  Amazing that Kemmling, who had just narrowly lost to Sawyer did not get the appointment.  Also of interest, the manner in which it was given to Willoughby, without public comment, and other factors, has resulted in an investigation as a possible violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Jill Y Reed and Trishelle Miller, two individuals that I do not know much about at this point.  Reed apparantly works for both the US Army Corps of Engineers and Gneral Electric.  Miller works for Kids TLC.

Wards I, III and IV will go direct to the general election on April 2

Ward I incumbent Dan Pflumm is being challenged by John Segale
Ward III incumbent Jeff Vaught is being challenged by Gordon Herron
Ward IV incumbent  Michelle Distler is not being challenged.

More comments by me as we get into this.