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Ballot to have just 2 names

March 31, 2006

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— Chuck Folks didn't intend to run for a second term on the Lecompton City Council, but when only two candidates filed to fill three positions, Folks relented and decided to run as a write-in candidate.

"I just don't think there are enough people here who care to do the job," said Folks, a plumber.

The city election in Lecompton will be Douglas County's only spring election. The only polling place will be Lecompton City Hall, 327 Elmore, and it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Only two names will be on the ballot: incumbent Ed Smith and newcomer Bruce S. Liese.

Smith is an electrician at Lawrence Paper Co. Liese is a Kansas University professor of family medicine and a licensed psychologist.

Liese has lived in Lecompton for a year and has served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for six months.

"I've really enjoyed working with the people involved with the council," Liese said. "I see a big need for a really good City Council as the county grows and changes and as it affects Lecompton."

Jennifer Jones did not file for a second term on the council and is not seeking write-in votes. Jones, a collection development professional at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, said she thought someone else might be a better voice for the community. She said she was surprised that more candidates didn't file.

"I guess that speaks to our small community, but we have some important issues and we need some good-thinking people," she said, adding that she was glad Folks decided to run as a write-in.

During the next two years, the council will face a number of growth and development issues, Folks said. One of the immediate issues will involve trying to get federal grant money for a water treatment plant, he said.

In addition to carrying the names of Smith and Liese, the Lecompton ballot will have three spaces where voters can write in a candidate's name.

Advance voting, which has been going on since March 15 at the Douglas County Courthouse, will end at noon Monday.

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