A week before the filing deadline for local elections, plenty of seats remain open.
Hello? Is anybody out there?
That's what county and city clerks were asking Tuesday, a week before the filing deadline in school board and city elections.
"We haven't had any" filings, said Doug Schwinn, Oskaloosa city clerk, mirroring officials in several Lawrence-area communities. "People must be waiting until the last minute."
Candidates for city council and school boards have until noon Jan. 21 to file. But as of Tuesday afternoon, a variety of seats remained open.
Here's how the election is shaping up:
- Baldwin school board: Janelle Johnston and William Parrott, both of Baldwin, have filed for the seat currently held by Sarah Wilson. Incumbent Chris Ogle has filed for re-election, and Ed Schulte, also of Baldwin, has filed for the seat held by Ron Skaggs.
- Baldwin city government: Stan Krysztof, a current city council member, has filed for mayor. Mayor Loren Litteer has not filed for re-election. There have been no filings for open city council seats held by Gary Walbridge and Jennie Washburn.
- Eudora school board: Ernie Simon has filed for re-election; no one has filed for the seats held by Penny VonAchen and Carly Abel.
- Eudora city government: Fred Stewart, Eudora, has filed to unseat Mayor Jim Hoover. No one has filed for council seats held by Barry Landon and Pat Dardis.
- Lecompton city council: No filings with the Douglas County clerk's office. The city clerk's office, where candidates also may file, was closed Tuesday.
- McLouth school board: Robert Funk, an incumbent, will square off against challenger Joseph Nave; incumbents Lori Carnahan and Kyle Keling have filed to retain their seats.
- McLouth city council: Mayor Glenn Wear has filed for re-election, as have incumbents Doug Walbridge and Dan Courtney.
- Oskaloosa school board: Incumbents Terry Bellinger and Tom Krebs have filed; the seat held by Phillip Miller remains open.
- Oskaloosa city council: No filings. Open positions are those of Mayor Barbara Muiller and council members Jerry Robbins and Shelly Bucher.
- Perry-Lecompton school board: Kevin Wade has filed to retain his seat and will face challenger Tim Meier, rural Topeka, in the April election. Incumbent Linda Baranski also will be involved in a contested race with Joseph Harvey, rural Lawrence. Patrick Mulvihill has filed for re-election.
- Linwood city council: No filings. Open positions are those of Mayor Arlene Pritchard and council members Carmen Johnson and Brad Brown.
- Basehor-Linwood school board: Frank Ingels has filed for re-election. No one has filed for the seats held by Frank Stransky and John Sawka.
- Tonganoxie city council: No filings. Open seats are those of Ray Usher, Mike Vestal and Christine Janssen.
- Tonganoxie school board: Bob Gepner, rural Leavenworth, has filed for the seat held by Ted Wiles. Bob DeHoff, Tonganoxie, has filed for the position held by Bill Walker. Wiles and Walker have not filed for re-election, nor has incumbent Laurena Seymour.
- Ottawa city commission: Richard Jackson, an incumbent, has filed for re-election, and Vicki Cummiskey has announced that she will do the same. The seat held by Joan Tyson remains open.
- Ottawa school board: Bill Ketchum, Teresia Templeton, and Marcia Mitchell, all of Ottawa, have filed for at-large seats. Ketchum and Mitchell are incumbents.
- Wellsville city council: Jeff Courter, Wellsville, has filed for one of three open seats. None of the incumbents -- Scott Moherman, Karl Romstedt and Jeff McAfee -- has refiled.
- Wellsville school board: A three-way race has developed for the seat held by Ron Bloss. Bloss is seeking re-election and is being challenged by Robert Thomas and Harold Taylor, both of Wellsville.
- DeSoto city government: Roland Ohrenberg, a former city council member, and DeSoto resident Steve Prudden have filed to unseat Mayor Jim Beadle, who has not filed for re-election. Terry Zahner, an incumbent city council member, is seeking re-election. No one has filed for the seat held by Jim Cannon.
- DeSoto school board: Gil Murdock, rural Olathe, has filed to unseat James Plummer, an incumbent. Open seats are those of Sandy Thierer and Roger Owens.