Newcomers take two city council seats
Hansen wins race for vacancy on school board
Tonganoxie voters elected two newcomers to the city council in Tuesday's general election.
And Darlyn Hansen beat Francie Campbell for the District 4 seat on the Tonganoxie school board. Incumbent school board members Phil Weide and Bob DeHoff ran unopposed.
Residents approved incumbent Kathy Graveman for one of three seats open on the city council, but turned down a re-election bid by Ray Usher.
Graveman was the top vote-getter, followed by Tonganoxie banker Steve Gumm and pizza shop owner Emmett Wetta. All three will serve four-year terms. Jonathan Boone, a union millwright, came in fifth, just two votes behind Usher.
Graveman was appointed two years ago to the city council, and this was her first election. Usher was seeking his third four-year term.
Throughout the county, just 16 percent of registered voters turned out on Tuesday.
Janet Klasinski, deputy county clerk, said, "We usually have a lot bigger turnout. Usually, it's around 25 percent. This was all there was. It's awful."
Basehor residents, however, flocked to the polls, with 46 percent of registered voters casting ballots. A hotly contested mayoral race saw Bill Hooker defeat write-in candidate Chris Garcia. Incumbent Mayor John Pfannenstiel, plagued by legal problems, garnered just four votes.
In McLouth, voters approved an annual tax to establish and maintain the city's library. The 81-69 vote gives the McLouth City Council the go-ahead to levy up to 1.5 mills for the library.
City officials have estimated that if the full 1.5 mills were levied on property in the city, that $7,000 would be generated each year for the library.