Local Government

Shawnee repairing pipes from the inside out
November 24, 2014
Steam is pumped up into the air from a machine holding a serpentine looking large hose, rising from open man-hole covers and evaporating into the cold air. The steam has been popping up in recent years around Shawnee as the city uses a complex system to help maintain and repair storm drainage pipes. The process is called Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) and uses a resin to patch up metal corrugated pipes that are deteriorating around the city. The steam is not the type of steam you would see rising from man-hole covers in a big city like Chicago or Denver.
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.
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.
Retail developer targets corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road
October 28, 2014
A development company is pursuing land on the southwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road for a commercial retail and restaurant center.
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.
Candidate questionnaire: Ed Eilert, County Commissioner Chair
October 26, 2014
Ed Eilert is the incumbent chairman of the Johnson County Commission after being elected to a four-year term in 2010. His career started as a high school business teacher with his last year teaching at Shawnee Mission East before he went to work as a financial advisor and spent over 35 years with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. The following are Eilert’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: John Rubin, House District 18
October 26, 2014
Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, was elected to the House of Representatives District 18 seat in 2011, beating out incumbent Cindy Neighbor at the time. District 18 includes most of east Shawnee. The following are Rubin’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Cindy Neighbor, House District 18
October 26, 2014
Cindy Neighbor, D-Shawnee, is chasing her fourth term as the District 18 representative in the Kansas House of Representatives. She champions adequate school funding as she challenges the incumbent Rep. John Rubin for the District 18 seat. District 18 covers eastern Shawnee. The following are Neighbor’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Patricia Lightner, County Commission Chair
October 26, 2014
Patricia Lightner is the challenger in this year’s race for the chair position in the Johnson County Commission. She was born and raised in the Kansas City area and is a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and a graduate of Notre Dame de Sion High School and Kansas University. The following are Lightner’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Journal-World files motion to open sealed arrest affidavits
October 24, 2014
Two Douglas County District Court judges have sealed the arrest warrant affidavits of three men charged with rape. The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday filed a motion to challenge the decision to close the first of the affidavits, citing a new state law that presumes that an arrest warrant is a public document after an arrest occurs.

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