Shawnee voters re-elect mayor, four City Council members

Shawnee voters on Tuesday re-elected Mayor Jeff Meyers, but Johnson County voters elsewhere cast out several incumbents.

Prairie Village voters dismissed three City Council incumbents. The divisive race included disagreements about the redevelopment of Mission Valley Middle School.

In Shawnee, Meyers received 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for challenger Eric Jenkins.

Meyers, 53, a teacher and Olathe East High School coach, said creating jobs and maintaining public safety and low property taxes were among his top priorities. He pointed to the city’s bond-rating upgrades, stable spending and street maintenance as points of pride during his time as mayor.

Meyers faced strong opposition from Jenkins, who made it clear he was unhappy with Meyers’ leadership. Jenkins, 63, is a retired Army colonel and Federal Emergency Management Agency manager who served 21 years on the city’s planning commission. Jenkins said if elected he would have addressed the needs of small businesses, reduced expenses, and maintained funds for parks, infrastructure and public safety.

In Shawnee City Council races, incumbents also prevailed.

Ward 1:

Incumbent Jim Neighbor pulled in 56 percent of the vote and defeated Charles Macheers, who polled 44 percent.

Ward 2:

Incumbent Neal Sawyer beat Mike Kemmling by a mere 9 votes.

Ward 3:

Incumbent Dawn Kuhn received 56 percent of the vote and defeated James Ferris. He captured 43 percent.

Ward 4:

Incumbent Mickey Sandifer easily won with 61 percent of the vote. Dylan McAfee posted 39 percent.

In other city council races in Johnson County:

• Prairie Village

Ward 1:

Ashley Weaver defeated incumbent Al Herrera with 75 percent of the vote.

Ward 4:

Brooke Morehead prevailed over incumbent Dale Beckerman with 57 percent of the vote.

Ward 6:

Ted Odell pulled in 71 percent of the vote to knock off incumbent Diana Ewy Sharp.

• Mission

Ward 1:

Pat Quinn defeated incumbent Sue Grosdidier by winning 67 percent of the vote.

Ward 2:

Amy Miller won with 53 percent of the vote, compared with 47 percent for James A. Brown.

Ward 3:

Jennifer Cowdry defeated incumbent Connie Footlick. The vote was 56 percent to 44 percent.

Ward 4:

Incumbent David Shepard won with 64 percent, compared with 36 percent for Allen Anderson.

• Leawood

Ward 3:

Incumbent Carrie Rezac held onto her City Council seat by capturing 68 percent of the vote. Challenger Cheryl Schoenberg polled 30 percent.

• Westwood

Two City Council seats:

Voters chose incumbent Paul Day and Matt Jones. Day captured 40 percent of the vote and Jones 38 percent. Challenger Jake Culwell polled 17 percent.

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