Johnson County Community College is nationally known as a corrupt institution run by dishonest leaders like President Terry Calaway, ex-bankers Lynn Mitchelson and Jon Stewart, and Gardner funeral home director Shirley Brown-VanArsdale. They’ve broken laws left and right — the First Amendment, the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the Kansas Open Records Act, sexual molestation by former President Charles Carlsen, the likely illegal firing of at least one employee, the recent student expulsions which I expect were illegal, and all of the related cover-ups that have wasted hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars.
Many Americans are confused about how the banking crises have occurred. I don’t have all the answers, but the following explains enough — ex-banker Lynn Mitchelson once had a regional reputation for fixing banks, and he and his protege and former Metcalf Bank CEO Jon Stewart have kept Charles Carlsen on the JCCC Foundation, even though they Mitchelson and Stewart know that Carlsen molested at least four female employees. And the main building at JCCC is still named after Carlsen.
These leaders are dishonest, they do not care about the safety of employees or students, and they are more interested in what a small number of their friends think about them, than in engaging in the most basic ethical behavior. They are cowards, they are liars, and they are incompetent.
Three incumbents are up for re-election in April 2011 — Mitchelson, Stewart, and far-left Democrat Don Weiss. I have long said that Mitchelson and Stewart won’t run for re-election. Their corruption has caught up with them, and they never really cared, anyway. Don Weiss — we’ll see. I’ve seen Weiss’ poll numbers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he chooses against running for re-election.
A strong first-time candidate filed today for the JCCC Board: James Nelson of Olathe.
James Nelson is a former student at JCCC, and he is the president of the communications provider KCnet.
Mike Pirner is managing Nelson’s campaign. Pirner ran Patricia Lightner’s incredible campaign for US Congress. In the August Republican primary, Lightner received 37%, as Kevin Yoder narrowly won with 43% of the vote. Yoder outspent Lightner by some huge margin — something between 4-1 and 8-1.
Pirner then ran Jason Osterhaus’ awesome November victory over Larry Winn in the 4th Johnson County Commission District, an area larger than a state senate district. Osterhaus’ victory was the single biggest upset in Kansas during the 2010 elections. His opponent, the liberal Larry Winn the Third, spent roughly $70,000. Osterhaus spent $10,000. Winn’s father Larry Winn the Second was a congressman in the 1970s.
Learn about the various candidates for all of the April 2011 city and county elections at the Johnson County Election Office’s Web site.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).