Four candidates have filed for Ward 2 seat
Two more candidates for the Ward 2 Shawnee City Council seat on the April ballot filed for election on Friday.
Trishelle Miller, a longtime resident who describes herself as a neighborhood advocate, filed Friday afternoon.
Michael Kemmling, who lost a Ward 2 City Council race with Neal Sawyer by 11 votes last April, filed on run again earlier on Friday.
Jill Reed, a Shawnee resident for seven years, filed for the seat on Wednesday, and Alan Willoughby, who was appointed to the seat in July filed for election last Monday.
That means a Feb. 26 primary election will be held to narrow the field to two. The general election is April 2, and the deadline to file for any of the four City Council seats up for election is noon next Tuesday.
Kemmling, a local dentist, said he decided to take a second shot at City Council "for the same principles I filed for last time."
Those include smaller government, lower taxes and fewer regulations on business. The city's sign ordinance prompted him to run in 2012, he said. Though he wanted to put his logo, which is blue, on a new sign for his practice, he was told that he couldn't only use "Christmas colors" — red and green.
Miller said she is running "to ensure that Shawnee continues to thrive."
"Trishelle will work hard to retain the high quality jobs we have and strive to make the city competitive again in the region," her campaign said in a release. "As a former educator, Trishelle knows what it takes to build a strong educational community. She will work with school leaders to make sure that the city is doing all it can to prepare our next generation of learners for greatness. ...
"From great parks to a vibrant arts community to a leadership role in the state, Trishelle will work constructively with you to lead Shawnee into its best days yet."
According to Reed, she moved to Shawnee from Michigan “because of the whole fiasco with General Motors getting ready to file bankruptcy.”
A GM production work in Michigan, she now serves as an administrative assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a technical director for General Electric’s transportation division. She has two children, who live with her in Shawnee.
Reed said no specific issue or issues prompted her to file for City Council. Rather, she said, Shawnee reminds her of her hometown of Goshen, N.Y., and she wants to help the city “keep its small town quaintness while blending in a little diversity and change.”
“I think Shawnee could use some new and fresh ideas,” she said.
Reed currently serves as a Democratic precinct committeewoman, and she was a Kansas delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.