Elections

Two more incumbents file for seats on De Soto, SMSD boards
December 15, 2014
Two more incumbents have tossed their hat in to be considered for another four years on De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards.
Projects to be considered for Turkey Creek Watershed flooding problems
December 1, 2014
The city of Shawnee will soon have to decide how to address floodplain in east Shawnee in the Turkey Creek Watershed area. The city presented the results of two engineering studies along the Turkey Creek tributary just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway along Nieman Road recently to several residents of the area. The Turkey Creek watershed is in a FEMA regulated floodplain and there have been numerous reports of structures and street flooding during heavy rains.
Two Shawnee Mission school board members file for re-election
November 26, 2014
Seats on both the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards will be decided during next year’s general election, April 7, 2015. And according to the Johnson County Election Office, members who currently hold two of those seats have already filed to hold onto them for another four years.
Shawnee voters pass two sales tax measures
November 4, 2014
Shawnee voters approved two sales taxes in Tuesday’s general election vote. A one-eighth-cent sales tax renewal passed with almost 70 percent approval and more than 14,000 votes. About 6,000 people voted against the sales tax. A new three-eighth-cent sales tax for road improvements passed with 63 percent of the vote and more than 13,000 votes. About 7,400 people voted against the measure.
Kansas League of Women Voters urges voters to review judges
November 3, 2014
The Kansas League of Women Voters and other leading statewide organizations urge voters to make an informed choice in Tuesday’s election for retention of Kansas Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals judges.
GOP plans network of lawyers watching election
October 29, 2014
The Kansas Republican Party plans to have a network of lawyers ready to watch voting on Election Day for potential legal problems.
Candidate questionnaire: Vicki Hiatt, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Vicki Hiatt, D-Shawnee, is a first time candidate for the Kansas House of Representative District 39 seat. As a former teacher, she says education funding is one of the biggest challenges the state legislature is facing and she believes one of the primary roles of a good politician is to be an educator to voters. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Hiatt’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Linda Gallagher, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Linda Gallagher is a long-time freelance writer and editor who has lived in Johnson County for 32 years. She is the Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat. District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Gallagher’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Amber Versola, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Amber Versola is a singly mother who has made a career as an advocate for women, children, and the most underserved people of our communities. She is running as the Democratic candidate in the race for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat.District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Versola’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Charles Macheers, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Charles Macheers is a private-practice attorney and has assisted clients with estate planning, real estate, and the formation of new small businesses. He is running as the incumbent Republican representative of the Kansas House District 39 seat. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Macheers’ responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Romney, Dole campaigning with Kansas Sen. Roberts
October 27, 2014
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joining fellow ex-nominee Bob Dole in the GOP’s efforts in Kansas to rescue U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election.
Orman covers $1M in expenses in Kansas Senate race
October 27, 2014
A finance report shows independent candidate Greg Orman covered nearly $1 million in expenses from mid-July through September and loaned his campaign U.S. Senate campaign in Kansas another $200,000.
Candidate questionnaire: Michael Kerner, Kansas House District 17
October 27, 2014
Michael Kerner is back as the Libertarian candidate in the District 17 race in the House of Representatives. Kerner has been the Libertarian candidate for the district every election since 2000. He is a member of the state executive committee of the Libertarian Party. The following are Kerner’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Larry Meeker, Kansas House District 17
October 27, 2014
Larry Meeker has spoken several times about his mission to return common sense to state finances and is Kansas House District 17’s Democratic candidate in 2014. Meeker has an extensive background in business and finance and plans to use that to help balance the Kansas budget. The following are Meeker’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Brett Hildabrand, House District 17
October 27, 2014
Brett Hildabrand, R-Shawnee, is running as the incumbent in the Kansas House of Representatives District 17 race. He is a conservative constitutionalist that believes in limited government, protection of personal liberties and fiscal responsibility and he is an active member of the Transformation House Church in Shawnee. The following are Hildabrand’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.

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