The Sumner County Election Officer's office and the Wellington City Clerk's office have been busy places lately. Heading into last week, there were no candidates for the three Wellington Board of Education seats up for election, and only three candidates for Wellington City Council– half of what's required with the new at-large format. Now there fifteen candidates for the six City Council spots and six candidates for USD 353, one of them running unopposed.
The candidates for the City Council feature some current, familiar and new names. Terry Nunemaker, current City Council Member filed for election on Jan. 15, another current council member, Kim Woodrow signed up on Jan. 16, along with Kelly Green. Former, long-time council member Jim Valentine filed on Jan. 17. Three people filed on Jan. 18 – Chase Weber, currently on the council; Lynne Tompkins, and Jarod Nance.
The amount of candidates more than doubled on Jan. 22. Noah List, John Tracy; current council members, John Brand, Lannon Taylor, and Jan Korte. Former State Rep. Vince Wetta, Russell Rains, and current council member, Larry Shimer. The only current council member not running for re-election is Dana Anderson.
After the election rolls around, the City's governing body could look a lot different, one difference is that it will be smaller. Right now, the City of Wellington is lead by eight council members and a mayor. Under the new format, there will be six council members, plus the mayor, Roger Stallbaumer. In April, the top three vote getters will serve four-year terms. The bottom three will serve two-year terms.
For the Board of Education, here' are the candidates. Maria Cornejo is running to retain the District 1, Position 4 seat that she currently holds; Carol Hadorn is challenging. Larry Mangan, Kevin Dodds, and Darin Goodrum will be running for District 2, Position 5 which is currently held by Dixie Blankenship. Jason Newberry will be running unopposed for the District 3, Position 6 seat, currently held by Dena Martens.
The general election for local city and schools is to be held April 2, 2013. for complete "Decision '13" coverage, stay with The Wellington Daily News.