Stewart to seek re-election
Hoping for four more years of progress, Mayor Fred Stewart said he would seek re-election in April.
Stewart filed for mayor last week. He said he hopes to be re-elected and continue projects the city has begun, which he said would benefit Eudora in the near future.
"We've got to blacktop Winchester Road yet," he said. "We need a concession stand out at the ballfield."
Stewart said one of his biggest accomplishments during his first term was getting the wastewater treatment plant built. He also cited the installation of the new water tower. He compliments the city workers who helped make those projects a reality.
Planning for Eudora's future, Stewart said he hoped to bring in more businesses and keep downtown businesses alive.
While tension among council members and the firing and subsequent rehiring of City Superintendent Bill Harlow may have reflected badly to the community, Stewart said he isn't worried.
"I don't see it as a problem," he said." I want people to vote for who they think will do the best job for the city."
Though it's been four years since he's had to campaign, Stewart said he would go back to what got him elected the first time.
"I'll do it like I did before pacing the concrete," Stewart said.
Eudora City Council member Pat Dardis said he would not seek re-election. After 12 years on the council, Dardis said he decided to step down to make room for a new face on the council.
"I've been on for 12 years and I think it's time for a fresh perspective for the council," Dardis said.
Dardis said he considered filing for mayor, but working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and being active in the Army Reserve leaves little time for politics. Dardis said he recognized being mayor requires active involvement in the everyday workings of Eudora, something he could not commit to at this time.
"I appreciate the support and I've had a good time," he said. "I've tried my best."
Eudora School Board President Marion Johnson has also filed for reelection. Johnson said he decided to run again to follow through on projects the board is currently dealing with.
"I think now, after having served one term, I have a good understanding of the projects the board is working on," Johnson said. "I just want to carry on the projects we've started."
Johnson said he would like to continue working with the findings of the district's building feasibility study and planning for renovations and future buildings.
"I'd like to serve another four years if the voters will let me," Johnson said.
Filings for the Stewart's and Johnson's positions, along with two city council and school board positions will continue until noon, Jan. 23. Council members Pat Dardis' and Rex Burkhardt's terms expire this year. Board members Carlie Abel's and Bob Rice's terms also expire. The general election will be April 3.
Anyone interested in filing may do so at Eudora City hall or the Douglas County Clerk's Office.