A woman who has worked at both Pittsburg USD 250 and St. Mary’s-Colgan schools has applied to run for the Pittsburg City Commission.



Tina Smith, 44, applied Monday for one of the three open commission spots, citing her belief in civic responsibility.

A woman who has worked at both Pittsburg USD 250 and St. Mary’s-Colgan schools has applied to run for the Pittsburg City Commission.

Tina Smith, 44, applied Monday for one of the three open commission spots, citing her belief in civic responsibility.

“The Pittsburg community has been great to me,” Tina said. “This is a way for me to give back.”

Smith, the USD 250 state and federal programs coordinator, said her goal was to represent all members of the community.

“I want to bring a fair, balanced and objective approach to city business,” Tina said. “I want to be a good representative for the community.”

Tina’s decision could make for an interesting election night at the Smith household — Tina’s husband, Howard, is up for a position on the Pittsburg USD 250 Board of Education.

Tina’s application means that six citizens have filed for city commission spots, including all three incumbents — Rudy Draper, Patrick O’Bryan and Marty Beezley — along with Connie McGeorge and John Ketterman.

That means four more people would have to file by noon today, the filing deadline, to force a primary election. Tammy Nagel, Pittsburg City Clerk, said only one other person took an application home and added that she didn’t expect a large final day of filing.

In the event of a primary election, the field would be trimmed to nine contenders for the general election. So if 11 people filed for a commission spot, the bottom two vote-getters would be eliminated in the primaries.

The top three vote-getters will be elected in the general election, with the top two receiving four-year terms. The third-highest recipient would serve a two-year term.

All city commission spots are at-large positions.

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.