1st opponent files for seat
The first challenger has come forward in the races for four Shawnee City Council seats up for election in April.
Frank Woodbury, a member of the Shawnee Planning Commission, filed Thursday as a candidate for the Ward III seat Mike Novosel will vacate in April. He'll face Kevin Straub, who filed for candidacy Dec. 15.
This is not Woodbury's first bid for a Council seat -- he applied for the same seat when Jeff Meyers was elected mayor in April 2004. But it was Novosel who was selected for the seat, so Woodbury decided to serve in another way by applying for the Planning Commission.
Woodbury said he has gotten to see a lot of interesting projects planned for Shawnee in his time on the Planning Commission, and he wants to take on a bigger role in the process.
"I really like the community," he said. "I just want to be part of that excitement."
Woodbury said his main goal in becoming a Council member would be a responsibility to his constituents. A big supporter of the De Soto School District, he said he has followed many of the big issues the city and Ward III have faced over the past few years, such as the Justice Center and the Kansas Highway 7 corridor.
"Some of the things that were big issues have been addressed," Woodbury said. "I'd like to see some of those things through; make sure they're done right."
Woodbury is a fourth-generation resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area, raised in Johnson County. He went through the Shawnee Mission School District, graduating from Shawnee Mission East, and then obtained an associate's degree from Kansas City, Kan. Community College.
Woodbury has lived in Shawnee since the late 1980s and formerly worked at Shawnee State Bank. He now works at the Shawnee branch of Mission Bank.
In addition to serving on the Planning Commission since May 2004, Woodbury is on the board of the Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce as the chairman of the chamber's ambassadors club. He is also a past president of the Merriam-Shawnee "Noon" Lions Club.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no other candidates had filed for Ward III or to face incumbents Dan Pflumm, Frank Goode or Kevin Tubbesing for their seats. Residents must file for candidacy by noon Jan. 24. Information on filing requirements can be found on the city's Web site, www.cityofshawnee.org.