Council, Board seats up for election
Although gubernatorial and Kansas House candidates from Eudora gave the August primary and November's general election a local twist, this spring's elections will give Eudorans a chance to vote for their neighbors for the Eudora City Council and the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education.
The Council seats held by members Tom Pyle, Willene Blackburn and Dan Gregg are up for the election, as are four School Board seats, currently held by Mark Chrislip, Kenny Massey, Greg Neis and Joe Pyle. Each Council and School Board seat has a four-year term.
The primary is scheduled for Feb. 25, and the general election will be April 1.
Certain stipulations govern who can run for the offices. Only people living in the Eudora city limits are eligible to be elected to the City Council, said City Clerk Donna Oleson, and candidates must be 18. Likewise, candidates for the School Board must live in the boundaries of USD 491, said Board Clerk Eva Deonier.
Residents of Eudora or USD 491 interested in running for office must file by Jan. 21. The necessary paperwork is available at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., or at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence. Oleson said the paperwork asked for basic information such as name, address, signature, etc.
Oleson also said candidates could waive the $5 fee by attaining 25 signatures from registered voters.
"Most people just go to the courthouse and file," she said.