Public Invited to Meet the Candidates

Joe Denoyer - October 9, 2019 5:14 am

By Kay Burtzloff

The public is invited to a “Meet the Candidates” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Depot, 4 Rock Island Road. The event is being sponsored by the Liberal Area Coalition for Families, the Liberal Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Kansas League of Women Voters. Light refreshments will be served at the come-and-go reception.

“We thought it was important for the voters to have an opportunity to meet all the candidates who are running, even those in unopposed races,” said Rozelle Webb, executive director of the Liberal Chamber. “While we will introduce each candidate, we hope that voters will come to meet the candidates, ask them questions, and hopefully be able to make an informed decision when they go to vote.”

One of the reasons the organizations have teamed together for this event is to improve participation in the non-partisan races that set the local leadership for the near future. “Two years ago, we only had 17.44 percent of the eligible voters actually cast their vote,” said Kay Burtzloff, president of the Coalition. “We want people to understand that voting for your local races are just as important as state and national races. The decision by local officials can have a tremendous impact on your day to day life.”

All of the candidates for Liberal City Commission, Kismet City Council, USD 480 Board of Education, USD 483 Board of Education and Seward County Community College Board of Trustees have been invited to participate.

Candidates for the Liberal City Commission include Jack Carlile, Ron Warren, Tony Ray Whisenant, Jimmy Dean Holman, Tony Martinez, Christopher Linenbroker, Roberto Sanchez and Cynthia Martin. There are three positions open, two four-year terms and one two-year term.

Candidates for the USD 480 School Board for the four fyou-year terms include Sarah Mersdorf-Foreman, Kathy Fitzgerald, Royce Kitts, Naomi Vargas, Steve Helm, Cliff Abbott, Travis Combs and Mike Brack. Stewart Cauble was the only one who filed for the two-year term.

On the three terms open for Kismet City Council, the candidates are John Lee, Ryan Kisner, and Bryan Garrison.

On the one USD 483 at-large position, Stan Reiss was the only one who filed. Candidates for the three year-year terms are Clayton M. Louderback, Frank Fiesen, and Jason Jennings

There are four candidates for the four positions open on the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees. The candidates are Sharon Hobble, John Engel, Marvin D. Chance Jr. and Kay Burtzloff.

The deadline for registering to vote in this election is also Tuesday, Oct. 15. You can register to vote online at
For more information about the forum, contact Webb at 620-624-3855 or Burtzloff at 620-629-0203.


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