Primary election required for Caney mayoral race; all other races to be decided on April 7

A primary election will be required in Caney on Tuesday, March 3 to narrow a list of mayoral candidates.

Noon Tuesday was the deadline for persons to file for city council, city commission, school board, or community college trustee positions for the spring 2015 election cycle.

A primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 3; a general election for all races will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

Caney is the only community in Montgomery County where a primary election will be required because of the volume of candidates for the one mayoral position. Four candidates are seeking that post, and the March 3 election will narrow the selection to the top two vote recipients. Incumbent Carol McClure, 100 S. Vine, is being challenged by three other candidates: Russell Wade, 100 N. East; Rick Pell, 215 E. 6th; and Kenith A. Butts, 412 N. State.

Butts also is seeking a position on the Caney City Council as a ward 2 councilor. As of the Tuesday filing deadline, Butts was the only candidate for the seat and is the assumed winner, barring a successful write-in campaign from a ward 2 resident.

In the race for ward 1, there are two candidates: incumbent Dan Johnston, 1017 N. High, and David K. Taylor, 501 N. Smith.

The race for the ward 3 council seat, which was left open with the 2014 resignation of Bill Sims, is vacant and will be claimed by any write-in candidate in that ward.

The race for ward 4 councilor has one candidate: incumbent Chad Bradford, 511 E. 5th.

Two persons are seeking the position of city treasurer: incumbent treasurer Sara Shively, 609 E. 4th, and Edie Vernon, 402 S. Spring.

• USD 436 Board of Education: The Caney Valley school district has five seats open on the local school board, and each of the five seats has one candidate, meaning they will be elected in the April 7 general election barring any write-in campaigns. Those five candidates are Zach Ellison, 308 E. 2nd, for district A, position 4; Aaron Richey, 1101 S. State, district B, position 5; Austin Bruce, 1634 Old Hwy. 166, for district B, position 6; Rick WIlson, 106 E. Olive in Tyro, for the at-large position; and Ron Wade, 204 E. Sixth, for district A, position 1.

• Cherryvale City Council: No primary election is needed in Cherryvale; however, the the race for mayor and two council seats has drawn a busy slate.

For the race of mayor, incumbent John M. Wright, 508 W. Main, is being challenged by former Cherryvale city official Sylvia S. Shaffer, 536 W. Main.

In the race for city council ward 1, position 2, which is a position that had been held by councilor Kevin Crain, there are three candidates: Don King, 820 E. Main; Vic Holloway, 821 E. 4th; and Glen E. Driskel, 721 E. 5th. Crain chose to not seek re-election.

• USD 447 Board of Education: There are six candidates for the four at-large positions on the Cherryvale-Thayer school board. Of those six candidates, only two are incumbents: Joe Marchant, 4051 CR 5900, Cherryvale, and Randall Studebaker, 6425 Brown Road, Thayer. The four others seeking election to the school board are Jason Hooper, 110 W. 1st, Cherryvale; Jo Neuburger, 802 E. 4th, Cherryvale; Terry Smedley, 230 S. Malcolm, Thayer; and Mark Torkelson, 703 E. 4th, Cherryvale.

The top four vote recipients in the April 7 general election will be elected to four-year terms on the school board.

• Coffeyville City Commission: There are six candidates seeking the three available positions on the Coffeyville City Commission. The candidates include three incumbents: Don Edwards, 1107 W. 5th; Justin Martin, 2211 W. 3rd; and Jim Falkner, 1014 W. 3rd. They are being challenged by James C. Taylor Jr., 608 Willow; Craig Powell, 1206 W. 1st; and Randal Hills, 1326 W. 1st.

The top two vote recipients will serve a four-year term on the city commission; the candidate with the third-most votes will serve a two-year term.

• USD 445 Board of Education: Four candidates have filed for the four available positions on the Coffeyville school board. They include three incumbents: Robert Robson, 106 Herring Lane; Trudie Kritz, 1105 Benton Road; and Denise A. Gates, 402 E. 11th. The other candidate is Magan Martin, 2211 W. 3rd.
Barring any write-in candidacies, the four candidates will be elected to their positions in the April 7 general election.

• Independence City Commission: The race for the two positions on the Independence City Commission has garnered four candidates, including incumbents Gary Hogsett, 501 S. 10th, and Fred D. Meier, 2712 Links Lane. The other candidates are William Zach Webb, 500 W. Myrtle, and Ned Stichman, 725 Washington Street.

• USD 446 Board of Education: There are four candidates seeking the four at-large positions on the Independence school board. Those four candidates include three incumbents: Marty Reichenberger, 2570 W. 5000th Street; Scott Hines, 2905 Royal Court; and Charles Barker Sr., 521 S. 16th. Also seeking the a school board position is Jen Rutledge, 1400 Rainbow Drive.

• Coffeyville Community College: Three incumbent members of the CCC trustees have filed for the three positions on the trustee board. Those candidates include Keith Osborn, 2520 CR 1475, Caney; Sherri Melander, 2538 CR 2400, Caney; and Lue Barndollar, 416 W. 6th, Coffeyville.

• Independence Community College: Three people, including one incumbent, are seeking the three available seats on the Independence Community College trustees. Those candidates include incumbent Jay Jones, 1201 W. Oak; and challengers Jana Taylor Shaver, 430 Catalpa, and Sam Forrer, 203 Stagecoach Lane.

• City of Dearing: Seeking the position of mayor is Randy C. Haymaker, 215 Hill. Council candidates include Terri Bishop, 202 W. Elm; Kenneth W. Campbell, 403 Main; Michael Clark, 606 Woodland; and Philip K. Helt, 603 Woodland Hills. There is one council position unfilled.

• City of Elk City: Seeking the position of mayor is Carl Ennis Moore, 222 W. Maple. Seeking the position of council are James B. Jordan, 101 N. Montgomery; Tallelisa Ehret, 403 E. Maple; and Eric Bennett, 603 S. Franklin. There are two council positions that are unfilled.

• City of Havana: No persons have filed for the position of mayor. There are three candidates for the five council seats: Karla E. Watson, 100 E. Lockwood; Patsy J. Taylor, 100 E.
Montgomery; and Irvaleen Gartrell, 509 E. Mary.

• City of Liberty: Brad Allen, 128 N. 3rd, is seeking the position of Liberty mayor. Seeking the five positions on the Liberty City Council are Jim Tallman, 413 N. 3rd; Scott Lasco, 105 N. Cedar; Christine D. Hillyard, 118 Elm; Melinda Rae Harper, 208 N. 5th; and Ben Harper, 208 N. 5th.

• Wildcat Extension District: There are two people who are seeking the two positions on the Wildcat Extension District board. They are Jerry Hall, 5243 CR 3300, Independence; and Warren K. Newby, 3591 CR 1675, Coffeyville.

• Verdigris River drainage districts #1, #2 and #3: Only one candidate is seeking a place on the three Verdigris River drainage districts. Steven Westervelt, 501 N. Forest, Coffeyville, is a candidate for the Verdigris River Drainage District #1.

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