Folks: If you haven’t heard us mention it yet, let me go ahead and take the opportunity to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day. Here’s what you need to know:
Polling location and times
All polling locations in Johnson County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To look up your polling location (they do change from time to time, so it’s a good idea to check) and see your sample ballot, use the Johnson County Election Office’s voter look-up tool here.
Remember, you need to bring a valid photo ID with you to comply with Kansas election law.
What’s on the ballot?
All Shawnee Mission residents will have at least two races on their ballots: for the Shawnee Mission Board of Education and the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees.
In the school board races, Heather Ousley and Mandi Hunter are vying for the at-large seat that had been occupied by Cindy Neighbor for two decades. (Neighbor did not emerge from the primary). Education researcher Mary Sinclair and former teacher Jim Lockard are competing for the SM East area seat. Incumbent Craig Denny and pastor Laura Guy are running for the SM West area seat.
Here are the responses to our questionnaire that the candidates submitted:
- The district’s approach to English language learner instruction
- What’s your assessment of the district’s ‘innovative schools’ model at Apache and Rising Star?
- Should there be a mechanism for distributing PTA funds more equitably across the district?
- Should the next superintendent be required to have a PhD?
- What do you hope you can say about SMSD in 4 years that you can’t say now?
JCCC Board of Trustees races
Voters will be asked to select four or fewer candidates from among the following slate seeking spots on the JCCC Board of Trustees: Jerry Cook (incumbent), Lee Cross (incumbent), Ben Hodge, Angeliina Lawson, Chris Roesel, Henry Sandate (incumbent), and Paul Snider.
Here are the responses to our questionnaire for the JCCC candidates:
How could JCCC better align its programming with the needs of Johnson County’s business community?
Should Kansas pursue a plan to make community college free?
Do you support students’ being able to carry concealed weapons on campus?
What do you want to be able to say about JCCC in 4 years?
Several cities will also have mayoral and city council races. Below are links to the questionnaires we did for several city council races as well as for the WaterOne board:
- Westwood city council candidates
- Lenexa city council candidates
- Shawnee city council candidates
- Prairie Village city council candidates
- Merriam city council candidates
- Fairway city council candidates
- Roeland Park city council candidates
- Mission city council candidates
- Overland Park city council candidates
- WaterOne board
And here are summary stories with positions from the mayoral candidates: