Westwood is the only city in northeast Johnson County with a mayor’s race on the ballot this spring. It also has two at-large city council seats in Tuesday’s election.
Incumbent John Yé will be challenged by Jim Donovan for the mayor’s position. On the city council ballot, Margaret Bowen, Jeff Harris, Jayme Tebow and David Waters are running for the two open seats. Incumbents Paul Day and Matt Jones did not seek re-election.
Yé, 52, served four years on the Westwood City Council before becoming mayor. He is a wealth advisor at Baird Private Wealth Management. He is chair of the Westwood Foundation and on the board of the Mid-America Regional Council. He has chaired the St. Agnes finance council and been on the board of Westwood View Educational Enhancement Fund, as well as the board of Country Club Financial Services and Delaware BOLI Association. He attended Kansas State University. He and his wife, Christine, have two children.
Donovan, 53, is the Principal member of Mid-America Mediation. He served three terms on the Westwood City Council between 1998 and 2010. He has served on the Westwood Planning Commission and several non-profits, including the Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation. He serves on the board of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and is a volunteer at the National World War I Museum and has worked with the Historic Trails Association. Donovan has a bachelor’s from Washburn University and a master’s of public administration from UMKC. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children.
Bowen, 57, is managing editor of The Journal of Juvenile Justice. She has a bachelor’s from Tulane University. She is a former Westwood View parent volunteer, has served on Westwood View’s parent advisory board to the PTA’s EEF (Educational Enhancement Fund) committee, is a founding member of Keep Westwood Wonderful and a member of Westwood Women’s Club. She is married to Kevin Murphy and they have one child.
Harris, 45, has worked for DST Systems for more than 20 years in various technology, relationship and leadership roles. He is currently director of IT Client Services. He has a bachelor’s from KU and an MBA from UMKC. Harris serves on the steering committee for the Westwood master plan. He volunteers at the Nelson-Atkins and with Kansas City Lead to Read. He has lived in Westwood for four years.
Tebow, 61, is a supervisor for three dental offices. She is a graduate of the KC College of Medical and Dental Assistants. She served on advisory board for Anthem Technical College and as supervising judge at Westwood polling location. She has been an advocate, volunteer and contributor with Faith Village (for disabled adults). She volunteered with Westwood’s 50th anniversary parade. She has lived in Westwood 27 years. She and her husband have one son.
Waters, 39, is a partner at law firm Lathrop and Gage LLP. He has bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State and a law degree from KU. Waters is a member of the Westwood Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and serves on the 47th and Mission Road Area Development committee. He is on the board of the NEJC Chamber and serves on the Leadership Northeast steering committee. He and his wife, Mandy, have two sons.