At least one of the three Newton Board of Education members up for re-election will not return to the board.


This story first appeared in the Jan. 22 edition of the Kansan.

At least one of the three Newton Board of Education members up for re-election will not return to the board.

“It’s time to retire,” said Pat Tongish, who is completing her fourth term on the board, during Monday’s board of education meeting.

The other two incumbents — Barbara Bunting and Phebia Williams — will seek re-election. Both are completing their second terms on the board.

Joining them on the ticket thus far are Randy Zohn, Tim Hodge and Renee Erickson.

Prospective candidates must file with the county clerk at the Harvey County Courthouse by noon Tuesday.

Other new filings include incumbents Ken Hall and Kevin Pouch, who are defending their seats on the Newton City Commission. They join incumbent Willis Heck on the ticket.

The general election will be April 7. If a primary is required, it will be March 3.

The filing fee in all races, except the Newton City Council, is $5. The Newton City Council filing fee is $45.

Filings from around the county include:

North Newton Council — Gregg A. Dick, Theodore J. Goering and Bill Hake.

Burrton City Council — Rodney Redinger, Joshua Meyer.

Hesston Board of Education — Charles Buller, Joe Lorimor, Zach Weaver, Kathy Varney.

Hesston City Council — Des Martens and Brad Unruh.

Hesston mayor — John Waltner

Halstead City Council — Roger Lowery, Mitch Powell, Gerald Dean, George Torres.

Halstead mayor — Kevin Pyle.

Halstead Board of Education — Eugene Haydock, Brett Talbott.

Sedgwick Board of Education — Tracy Grattan, Bernie Reidl, Bryan Thompson.

Sedgwick mayor — Keith DeHaven