Newcomer wins a seat on the JCCC board – Kansas City Star

Newcomer wins a seat on the JCCC board
Kansas City Star, The (MO)-April 6, 2005

A 25-year-old political newcomer was the top vote-getter in the race for the Johnson County Community College board of trustees.

Voters sent Benjamin B. Hodge of Overland Park to the board over Lake Quivira lawyer T. Nelson Mann, who was running for his second full term.

Incumbents Shirley J. Brown-VanArsdale and Virginia W. Krebs retained their seats with 28 percent and 23.7 percent of the vote. Hodge tallied 28.2 percent of the vote.

“I’ll be doing more listening than talking over the next year, just trying to absorb what I can, and contribute where I can,” said Hodge, who hopes to begin graduate school this summer and has a temporary job in statistical research at the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Mann, who received 19.9 percent of the vote, said he was deeply disturbed by the results.

In other Johnson County school races:

Blue Valley voters chose Dan French over Brad Wagner, 58 percent to 42 percent, for the south area board seat. Sue Matson will represent the northeast area after a 64 percent to 36 percent win over Charley Morasch. Steve Klika earned the northwest area seat over Maynard Ahner, 64 percent to 36 percent.

Olathe School District patrons elected Rita Ashley, Jim Churchman and Michael Poland to the school board. Ashley won over Tad Kardis, 59 percent to 41 percent, and Poland defeated H. James Gray, 66 percent to 33 percent, for seats representing the northwest section of the district. Write-in candidates received 1 percent of the vote in the Poland-Gray race. Churchman won the northeast area seat over Susan Brooks, 53 percent to 47 percent.

Shawnee Mission voters returned three incumbents to their seats. Craig K. Denny beat challenger Jennifer Morris, 52 percent to 48 percent, and Cindy Neighbor topped Marc A. Lassalle, 74 percent to 26 percent. Donna Bysfield was unopposed for the seat she currently holds.

To reach Melodee Hall Blobaum, call (816) 234-7733 or send e-mail to

First glance

For more coverage of school board races, see your Johnson County Neighborhood News edition today.

Get the results for all the races across the Kansas City area. Pages B-4, 5 and 6

Page: B1

PDF link: 2005 April, KC Star, ‘Newcomer’