Board Election Within Shawnee Heights

Elizabeth Hennessey

Correction: In the original version of this story it was stated that Stadler was endorsed by senator Anthony Hensley, when in fact it was Browne who was endorsed by Hensley.


School board elections are being held Nov. 7. Three positions are open. District A, Position 4 previously filled by Gene Edwards is now being competed to be filled by either Thomas Browne, Jr. or Rosa Cavazos.

“My kids have graduated from Shawnee Heights, it’s time for someone else to have a turn on the Board,” Edwards said in regards to why he didn’t file for re-election.

Browne is running on the platform of promoting safety and security while seeking input from the community when making decisions.He has also been endorsed by Senator Anthony Hensley.

Cavazos moved to the district 11 years ago and has been heavily involved in the community since. Cavazos currently has four students in the district and stated on a campaign platform that she is invested in the education of children and opportunities for teachers.

Rusty Doty who currently represents district C, Position 6 did not file for re-election, rather Matthew Stadler and Renae Hansen have filed to fill this position.

In November, Hansen unsuccessfully ran for the Kansas House losing to Representative Ken Corbet. According to a campaign platform, Hansen ran because she wants students to get the right education, repay the Shawnee Heights community for all it’s done for her family, and ensure proper funding to all education levels.

“I am running because I am a lifetime resident of the Shawnee Heights district and education is one of the things we must get right and support as a society. I believe maintaining good educational opportunities for all students is a must and I will work to ensure that outcome. My family has generations of Shawnee Heights graduates and education has always been an important focus for our family,” Hansen said in an interview with Topeka Capital Journal.

On the same platform Stadler, a Shawnee Heights grad with two students in the district is running because he wants to be more involved in his children’s education and in the district. 

District B, Position 5 has the potential to be filled by a new member. Current member Jason Schultz has filed for re-election and is being challenged by Erica Price and Ken Scott.

Schultz originally ran so he could be more involved in his children’s education. He is running to retain his current position. Price has been involved in the Shawnee Heights district for eight years and is running on no platform other than doing what she believes is best for the school board. Another Ken Scott served on the board from 2003 to 2009; however, this is a different Scott. His platform is unknown.