Slew of new faces — and some old ones — mount campaigns in busy local election cycle

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Johnson County’s voting machines have been in use since 2002.

Shawnee Mission area voters will have some big choices to make in this summer and fall’s elections. With the filing deadline passed at noon today, a slew of new candidates have entered local races, setting up contested elections across the board — from the Shawnee Mission Board of Education to city council and mayoral races. A Johnson County Election Office Staff member said the website had been tentatively updated with everything that came in before the deadline, but the final filing list won’t be officially posted until tomorrow morning.

Here’s a look at who’s running for what.

Shawnee Mission School District

Board of Education president Brad Stratton is running unopposed for a new term.

Current board chair and at-large member Brad Stratton is unopposed in his bid for another term, but every other seat has a contested election. Sara Goodburn, the SM North representative, is the only other incumbent seeking reelection. SM Northwest representative Patty Mach and SM South representative Deb Zila are not seeking new terms.

School District Member 7 At-Large
Brad Stratton (incumbent)

School District Member 1 (SM North area)
Lisa Feingold
Brian Koon
Sara D. Goodburn (incumbent)

School District Member 3 (SM South area)
Brian S. Brown
Jessica Hembree

School District Member 5 (SM Northwest area)
Jamie Borgman
Devin Wilson


All three of the city council seats up for election in Fairway this cycle will be contested.

Council Member Ward 2
Gail Gregory (incumbent)
Tom Cotter

Council Member Ward 3
Michele Kiehl
Joseph W. Levin (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 4
Jenna Brofsky
Adam Dolski (incumbent)

Lake Quivira

Two candidates are vying to replace outgoing Mayor Ben Kalny in the small city.

John M. Nelson
Brady Allan Lilja

Council Member At-Large
David McCullagh
Gayle Best
Andrea (Annie) Noland
Greg Prieb II
Randy Burgess


Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn is running unopposed for a new term.

Leawood stands apart from other Shawnee Mission area cities in that not a single one of the seats up in this year’s elections are contested. All five incumbents whose seats are up — Mayor Peggy Dunn and four member of the council — are running for reelection unopposed.

Peggy J. Dunn (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 1
Andrew Osman (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 2
Jim Rawlings (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 3
Lisa Harrison (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 4
James Azeltine (incumbent)


Mike Boehm will continue to serve as Lenexa mayor.

Mayor Mike Boehm and incumbent council members Thomas Nolte and Dan Roh are running unopposed for new terms. But two other seats on the council will have contested elections.

Michael Boehm (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 1
Chris Poss
Courtney Eiterich

Council Member Ward 2
Thomas R. Nolte (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 3
Dan Roh (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 4 (three candidate field triggers Aug. 6 primary)
Linda Leeper
Emily Behrmann
Julie Sayers


Merriam’s city council elections drew a lot of filing activity in recent days. All of the seats are contested, and two of the races have at least three candidates.

Council Member Ward 1 (three candidate field triggers Aug. 6 primary)
Dennis Miles
Brian Shapley
John Canterbury
Jason Silvers

Council Member Ward 2
Whitney Yadrich
Dan Leap

Council Member Ward 3
Amy D. Carey
Bruce Kaldahl

Council Member Ward 4 (three candidate field triggers Aug. 6 primary)
Bob Pape (incumbent)
Sam Matier
Staci Chivetta


Three incumbents are seeking reelection unchallenged, while two candidates — including Burton Taylor, who ran in the last cycle — are vying to replace councilman Pat Quinn, who will not be seeking reelection to his Ward 1 seat.

Council Member Ward 1
Burton Taylor
Trent Boultinghouse

Council Member Ward 2
Nick Schlossmacher (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 3
Kristin Inman (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 4
Kenneth D. Davis (incumbent)

Mission Hills

Mission Hills city hall.

Three incumbent candidates have filed to run in the city’s at-large council elections.

Council Member At-Large
Beverly Brooks (incumbent)
Andrew Weed (incumbent)
Braden Perry (incumbent)

Mission Woods

Mayor Robert Tietze is facing a challenge for the small city’s top elected office from councilman Darrell Franklin.

Robert Allen Tietze (incumbent)
Darrell Franklin

Overland Park

The largest city in Johnson County will have one of the most active election cycles in recent memory, with each of the six council seats up for election this fall drawing multiple candidates. Under Overland Park statute, three candidates in a race triggers a primary, meaning there will be three contests on the August slate of ballots.

Council Member Ward 1 (primary)
Terry Happer Scheier (incumbent)
Holly Grummert
Taryn Jones

Council Member Ward 2 (primary)
Derek Puzzuoli
Paul Lyons (incumbent)
Roger Tarbutton

Council Member Ward 3
Stephan Glentzer
Tom Carignan

Council Member Ward 4
Dan Osman
Fred Spears (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 5 (primary)
Phil Bressler
John M. Coughlin
Faris Farassati (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 6
Scott Hamblin
Rick Collins (incumbent)

Prairie Village

Candidate filings posted after the deadline by the Election Office for Prairie Village show three incumbents — Andrew Wang, Brooke Morehead and Ted Odell — not seeking reelection. But the Election Office could not confirm this afternoon that the posted filing list was final. David Morrison, the former councilman once ousted for granting a homeless man with a criminal record unauthorized access to sleep at city hall, is seeking to get his seat back. He filed to challenge incumbent Courtney McFadden, who soundly defeated him last election.

Council Member Ward 1
Chad Andrew Herring (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 2
Serena Schermoly (incumbent)
Inga Selders

Council Member Ward 3
Lauren Wolf
Bonnie Limbird

Council Member Ward 4
Piper Reimer

Council Member Ward 5
Courtney McFadden (incumbent)
David Scott Morrison

Council Member Ward 6
Ian Graves

Roeland Park

Jan Faidley, who won the special election in February to replace Becky Fast after she moved on to the county commission, is the only candidate not facing a challenge in runs for the Roeland Park city council this year.

Council Member Ward 1
Jan Faidley (incumbent)

Council Member Ward 2
Leonard Tocco
Benjamin Dickens

Council Member Ward 3
Trisha Brauer
Galen Hansen

Council Member Ward 4
A.J. Cameron
Michael Rebne


Shawnee will have the busiest election season among area cities, with hotly contested mayoral and city council races.

Ajay Sood
Michelle Distler (incumbent)
Dawn Tubbesing
Stephanie Meyer

Council Member Ward 1
Jim Neighbor (incumbent)
Tammy Thomas

Council Member Ward 2
Eric Jenkins (incumbent)
Andy Rondon

Council Member Ward 3
Nick Reed
Dawn Rattan
Kurt Knappen

Council Member Ward 3 (2 Year Unexpired Term)
Lisa Larson-Bunnell (incumbent)
Kevin Straub
Greg Sitzmann

Council Member Ward 4
Jill Chalfie
Matthew Shaw
Kris Durbin


David Waters, in yellow tie, will be the next mayor of Westwood.

David Waters will replace the outdoing John Yé as mayor of Westwood, running unopposed for the city’s top office.

David E. Waters

Council Member At-Large
Laura Steele
Holly Wimer
Jayme Tebow

Westwood Hills

Westwood Hills Mayor Paula Schwach.

Mayor Paula Schwach will continue leading the small northeast Johnson County city, running unopposed for her seat.

Paula Schwach (incumbent)

Council Member At-Large
Ludwig Villasi (incumbent)
Ed Gogol
Karen Shelor Sexton (incumbent)
Michael Anfang
Rosemary Podrebarac (incumbent)

JCCC Board of Trustees

This year’s cycle of at-large elections for the JCCC Board of Trustees has attracted a large field of candidates, triggering an August primary.

Trustee At-Large
Nancy L. Ingram (incumbent)
Laura Smith-Everett
Cassandra Peters
Lori Bell
Mo Azeem
Farha Azaz
Chris Roesel
Val Baul
Greg L. Musil (incumbent)
Colleen Cunningham
Jameia Haines

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Jay Senter
Jay Senter

Jay Senter is the founder and publisher of the Post.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked as a reporter and editor at The Badger Herald.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where he earned the Calder Pickett Award. While he was in graduate school, he also worked as a reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.