No primary elections are needed for Montgomery County in the 2019 local elections cycle, so a Nov. 5 general election is on the horizon. Noon Monday was the deadline for local residents to file for local office. Positions in city government, school boards, community college, and Extension district will be on the 2019 election ballot. Here's a list of the city positions and candidates:
Independence Community College trustees: Nine candidates have filed for the three available positions. Current trustees Terry Clark, Jana Shaver, and Mike Wood did not seek re-election. The nine candidates include Nicholas Rau, 4423 CR 4300; John Eubanks, 613 W. Laurel; Amber Gaston, 1812 W. Laurel; Allison LaBatt, 4969 Duke Ave.; Kristen L. Torrey, 509 E. Third, Cherryvale; Kevin Brannum, 3518 Harmony Lane, Independence; Wayne Stephany, 197 Woodward Road, Independence; Ashley Osburn, 319 N. 2nd; and Harry Karl Johnson, 2200 Sue Lane. The top three will start January 2020.
Coffeyville Community College trustees: Seven candidates are seeking the three available positions including two incumbents. The incumbents are Sherri Melander, 2538 CR 2400, Caney, and Keith Osborn, 2520 CR 1475, Coffeyville. The other five candidates are Dickie Rolls, 410 N. Bradley, Caney; Jimmy Littleford, 2741 CR 1475, Coffeyville; Lora Stafford, 1698 CR 3700, Coffeyville; Doug Misch, 1303 Crestwood, Coffeyville; and Rob Carter, 4392 CR 3000, Coffeyville. Current board member Lue Barndollar chose to not seek re-election to the CCC board. The top three in the election start January 2020.
USD 436-Caney Valley Board of Education: All incumbents have filed for the four positions, and each is unopposed. They are Natalie M. Rees (district A, position 4), 400 S. State; Aaron W. Richey (district B, position 5), 1101 S. State; Austin Bruce (district B, position 6), 1634 Old Highway 166; and Rick Wilson (at large), 106 E. Olive, Tyro. Their four-year terms begin in January 2020.
USD 445-Coffeyville Board of Education: Seven candidates have filed for the four at-large positions, with only one as an incumbent, Magan Martin, 2211 W. 3rd, Coffeyville. The other candidates include Marcus Kastler, 502 Overlook Drive; Jason D. Barnett, 1502 Columbus; Karen Littleford-Rittenhouse, 505 W. 4th; Dirk Andrews, 2421 CR 4335; Gail Misch, 1303 Westwood; and Lakisha Johnson, 2208 W. 1st. The top four start January 2020.
USD 446-Independence Board of Education: Eight candidates filed for the four at-large and one at-large unexpired term. Four of the eight are incumbents, including Melissa Small, 1672 N. 24th, who was recently appointed to the board, so her term is two years instead of four. Other incumbents are Jen Rutledge, 1400 Rainbow Drive; Scott Hines, 2905 Royal Court; and Charles Barker Sr., 521 S. 16th. The four non-incumbent candidates include David Bales, 210 E. 4070 Street; Leslie Fox, 611 S. 1st; Desirea J. Packard, 300 E. Maple; and Tamisha Sewell, 408 W. 2nd. The top four will begin January 2020.
USD 447 Cherryvale-Thayer Board of Education: Six candidates have filed for the four at-large positions, and three are incumbents. Incumbents are Mark Torkelson, 703 E. 4th, Cherryvale; Randall Studebaker, 6425 Brown Road, Thayer; and Jo Neuburger, 802 E. 4th, Cherryvale. Other candidates are Gina Booe, 533 E. 5th, Cherryvale; Gina M. Hester, 5168 CR 6000, Cherryvale; and Mandy Lantz, 117 S. Olive, Cherryvale. The top four will begin their terms in January 2020.
City of Caney: All positions are unopposed and will be filled by incumbent officers including: For mayor: Thomas C. Burk, Jr., 108 E. 7th. For City treasurer: Sara Shively, 609 E. 4th. For Ward 1 council: Dan Johnston, 1017 N. High; Ward 2 council: Kenith A. Butts, 412 N. State. Ward 3 council: Lori Patterson, 208 S. Fawn. Ward 4 council: Keith Rogers, 200 E. 5th. City councilors, treasurer, and mayor serve two-year terms effective January 2020.
City of Cherryvale: Two candidates are seeking the position of Cherryvale mayor including incumbent John Wright, 508 W. Main. The other candidate is Gary D. Minnich, 808 E. 8th. Two Ward 2 councilor candidates are Gary Brooks, 725 W. Main, and incumbent Dan Ward, 640 W. 2nd. Current Ward 1 councilor Don King filed for re-election, and will be unopposed. The four-year terms for councilor is effective January 2020.
City of Coffeyville: Three positions are open for City Commission, and seven candidates include Jim C. Taylor, Jr. (incumbent), 608 Willow; Jim C. Taylor, Sr., 704 Spruce; Robert York, 605 Highland Road; Tracy Maxson, 3507 W. 7th; Don W. Edwards, 1107 W. 5th; Justin A. Doane (incumbent), 512 Westwood Drive; and Rudy Draper, 102 Wilshire Blvd.
City of Dearing: No residents filed for mayor or any of the five council positions, so write-in votes will determine the winners.
City of Elk City: Three council positions open and four applied including Brandon Sanders, 506 S. Washington; Ellie McCollam, 302 E. Hickory; Jessica V. Johnson, 205 S. Jackson; and Eric Bennett, 603 S. Franklin.
City of Havana: Not one person filed for the three available council seats, so write-in votes will determine winners.
City of Independence: Three candidates filed for City Commission, including the one incumbent Mayor Louis H. Ysusi, 112 Timberlane. The other two are Anthony D. Royse, 208 S. 4th, and Dean A. Hayse, 2625 Rolling Green Drive.
City of Liberty: The lone candidate for city mayor is A. Paul Hawley, 325 Elm. Two candidates filed for the five available council seats: Mary P. Allen, 128 N. 3rd, and Jim Tallman, 413 N. 3rd.
City of Tyro. No residents filed for mayor, but four filed for the five council seats including Wayne Graham, 200 W. East; Jeffery L. Finney, 104A SE Tyro; Larry Buchholz, 402 E. State; and Wayne Blakemore, 107 E. Main.
Wildcat Extension District: Two candidates filed including Chuck Voelker of Sycamore and Warren Newby of rural Coffeyville.