Candidate forum to be held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Burlingame Elementary School
BURLINGAME—Due to the number of candidates running, a primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3, to whittle down the number of Burlingame City Council candidates.
“It met the requirement for the primary with the number of people that filed,” said Rhonda Beets, Osage County clerk. “The number of open council positions times three, plus one.”
Up to three candidates may file for an open position without the need for a primary. With three open council positions, there can only be nine candidates in the general election.
The 10 candidates who filed by the Jan. 27 deadline are Melissa Atwood, Ray Burns, Sheila Curtis, Steve Delekta, Brenda Dorr, Leslie D. Holman, Carolyn Lee, Kelly Lord-Vandruf, Douglas R. Moon and Carolyn Strohm. The six candidates receiving the most votes in Tuesday’s primary will appear on general election ballot.
Lee and Strohm are incumbent members of the city council.
At the Feb. 17 Burlingame City Council meeting, it was noted that Carolyn Lee, along with Griz Lee, mayoral candidate, had advised they wished to withdraw from the election for personal reasons. The Lee’s have placed an advertisement noting their desire to withdrawn from the election in this week’s newspaper.
“Their names will stay on for both the council and mayor positions,” said LeeAnn Smiley, Burlingame city clerk. “If they win, they will move forward to the general election. If they win again, they would have to resign. Hopefully, it doesn’t get to that point.”
The mayor’s race, which includes Vikki DeMars, Grizz Lee and Ray Hovestadt, will not appear on Tuesday’s ballot, because only three candidates filed.
The Burlingame Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Burlingame Elementary School gym. Election workers will also receive early training from the county clerk Friday in Burlingame.
The Burlingame primary election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 at the Schuyler Museum, 117 S. Dacotah St., in Burlingame.
Osage County residents living in the USD 287 West Franklin school district will also vote in a primary for an at-large board of education position. Rusty Echord, Sherry Fritts Harris, Gene Hirt, Bruce Rockhold and Perrie Swank have filed for the position.
A candidate forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the West Franklin High School commons. Candidates from all USD 287 BOE positions are invited to participate, including those not on the primary ballot.