Navinsky re-elected to commission
Early returns indicate voters reject county administrator position
By 10 p.m. Tuesday night, incumbent Don Navinsky, a Democrat from Easton, had won the votes needed to retain his First District seat on the Leavenworth County Commission. Navinsky received 2,336 votes, while his opponent, Leavenworth Republican J.C. Tellefson tallied 2,190.
Both Navinsky and Tellefson had been in favor of hiring a county administrator, a question put to voters on Tuesday's ballot.
By 10:40 p.m. last night, with 34 out of 43 precincts counted, a tentative vote showed 3,843 voters in favor of hiring a county administrator and 4,516 opposed.
The county clerk's office reported 11,572 people voted. There are about 35,000 registered voters in the Leavenworth County.
Earlier in the evening Linda Scheer, county clerk, said one township, Kickapoo, had reported a 33 percent voter turnout at 3:30 p.m.
"That's good because a lot of the voters will probably still come in when they get off work," Scheer said.
Scheer said Linwood also reported a heavy voter turnout.
"I feel real good about it," Scheer said. "I really think that a lot of the precincts are going to have high voter turnout. ... Hopefully balance some of the ones that have a smaller turnout."