KU Student Announces Council Candidacy

Matt Bevens

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka City Council races have their first official candidate.

21-year-old KU student Matt Bevens filed Monday for the District 1 seat currently held by Karen Hiller.

Bevens cites reducing crime and supporting youth among his priorities.

“Not enough is done today from a city government standpoint to support our youth,” Bevens said. “Tending to our youth today will reduce crime tomorrow.”

He also says the council lacks vision and leadership in effectively reviewing programs and funding. He points to water main replacement as an example.

“The Council has been at it for 11 months, rejecting proposal after proposal to raise rates,” Bevens said. “A one-size-fits-all rate increase, something many, many of the constituents of District 1 can’t afford, isn’t the answer. Other funding options should be considered, options selected, and a program underway soon to replace our water mains.”

Bevens is the son of former city spokesperson Dave Bevens.

Odd-numbered council districts are up for election in April, along with District 2, which finds itself on the ballot due to the early departure of John Alcala.

The City Clerk's office has received one applicant so far to fill out John Alcala's District 2 term. Teddy "TJ" Brown submitted his paperwork Friday.

The City Clerk is taking applications until 5 pm January 22nd. Council members will then interview candidates and select a replacement.

Alcala resigned following his election to a seat in the state legislature.