Election Filings Made For Local Races


By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

Monday was filing deadline for local elections. Marysville Mayor Carla Grund filed for reelection, as well as Jason Barnes who is currently on City Council, and former Mayor Bill Phillippi. For Marysville City Council, incumbents Gina Graham has filed for Ward 1, former councilman Keith Beikman will challenge incumbent Darlene Boss in Ward 2, incumbents Kevin Throm and Todd Frye have filed for Wards 3 and 4. Ken Kickhaefer filed for reelection as City Treasurer.

Filing for Axtell City Council are Alex Koch, Mark Wagner, and Richard Burger. Dan Schmitz filed for Mayor of Beattie, with Brad Armstrong and Rob Olmsted for council. Jerry Zayas has filed for Blue Rapids Mayor, with Jon Brake, Mike Minihan, and Doug Whitesell filing for council. Stephanie Hunninghake filed for Frankfort Mayor, and Travis Koch for council. Melvern Holle filed for Oketo Mayor, Bruce Mitchell for Summerfield Mayor, and Roger Gilbertson, Joy Renz Jr., Kyle Renz, and Mike Schneider for council. James Woolsoncroft filed for Vermillion City Council, Colby Hearn and Tony Mann for Waterville council.

School board filings include Marysville USD 364, Brenda Arntt and Catherine Ray for Position 1, Lanny Carpenter for Position 2, Melissa Borgerding and Susan Pacha for position 3, Michelle Reinhardt and Chris Ridey with position 7. USD 380 Vermillion filings include Jake Hull position 1, Royce Becker position 3, and Sara Smith position 7. USD 498 Valley Heights, Theresa Minihan position 1, Michael Vermetton position 2, John Walsh position 3, and David Vermetten position 7.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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