November 7, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces.
With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (405), Loralee Stevens (324) and Rocky Himpel (245) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday.
Incumbent Jim Truesdell did not advance out of the August primaries. And on Tuesday, fellow incumbents Chris Donnelly and Andy Gilner also were defeated.
Donnelly received 211 votes, challenger Ryan Keltner 199 and Gilner 133.
Tonganoxie USD 464 also will have new faces on the school board.
Karen K. Wake Bottary won the Position 5 race with 777 votes. Phillip Welsh, who was appointed to serve Kay Smith’s unexpired term last year, was unable to retain his seat. He had 225 votes. Rachell I. Rowand received 79 votes.
In Position 4, James Bothwell defeated Stacy Willis by 68 votes, 571-503. Bothwell will replace Dan Hopkins, who opted not to run for re-election.
Chris Gratton ran unopposed for his seat. He will replace Kris Grinter on the board. Like Hopkins, Grinter decided not to run for re-election.
Election winners will begin their terms in January.
Originally published at: http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2017/nov/07/challengers-sweep-tonganoxie-city-council-usd-464-/