Incumbents victorious in primary
Two Leavenworth County commissioners eluded their primary election opposition on Tuesday.
Commissioners Wayne Eldridge, Basehor, and Bob Adams, Leavenworth, won their primary battles. Eldridge emerged victorious from a strong field of four Democratic challengers in the Third District primary election.
In the Nov. 4 general election, Eldridge will face Joseph Daniels Jr., Tonganoxie, who won his Republican primary race against Wilma Schuler, Basehor, and Karl Brown Jr., Lansing.
Republican incumbent County Commissioner Bob Adams survived a primary challenge waged by H.B. Weeks. Adams captured 972 ballots, while Weeks walked away with 634 votes. In the general election, Adamswho soon will complete his first term on the county commissionwill be challenged by Democrat Hank Spellman, Lansing.
Eldridge, who took 406 votes, was challenged by four other Democrats, who had hoped to unseat the one-term county commissioner before the general election. Those challengers were: Pat Young, who grabbed 317 votes; Denzel Gibbens, 185; Jack Wolfe, 171; and Pat Albert, 96.
Daniels earned 859 votes, while Schuler grabbed 505 votes, and Brown received 388 votes.
In the Fifth District state Senate Republican race, Bob Lyon earned 1,786 votes in Leavenworth and Jefferson counties, compared with 1,569 for Jack Devine and 947 for Louis Klemp. On the Democratic side of that race for the seat being vacated by Sen. Don Biggs, Mike Gibbens won, with 1,355 votes, over Connie O'Brien, who gathered 1,046 votes.
Results from other area legislative races were not available by presstime Tuesday night.
A total of 7,428 people cast ballots in Leavenworth County.
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