September 29, 2014
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The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (409), Loralee Stevens (325) and Rocky Himpel (247) 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.
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.
A candidate forum for local races will be next week at VFW Hall. The forum, which will feature candidates running for Tonganoxie city council and school board candidates, will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the hall. Local races for school board and city council will be decided next month. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 7.
Tonganoxie City Council candidates will be available for a forum from 1-3 p.m. today at the VFW Post Home. Candidates are Chris R. Donnelly (incumbent), Andrew T. Gilner (incumbent), AW (Rocky) Himpel, Ryan Keltner, Jennifer Kohl, Jamie Lawson, Rachell I. Rowand, Loralee D. Stevens, Michael Towle and Jim Truesdell (incumbent). The candidates are vying for three seats. The Aug. 1 primary will shave that number down to six for the general election, which is in November. School board positions also will be decided in the general election.
A strong voter turnout in Leavenworth County helped knock out some incumbents, while others barely were victorious on a night when the country was split in its choice for its 45th president. Leavenworth County had 60 percent turnout, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski, though she noted that is a percentage of the total active and inactive voters. Inactive voters are those residents who have moved.
Voter turnout low in Leavenworth County
Tonganoxie will have new representation on the county and state levels. Longtime county employee Doug Smith won the Leavenworth County Commission Third District primary, while Jim Karleskint won the Kansas House District 42 race in the Aug. 2 primary.
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The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board will have a much different look in a few months. Voters last week voted in three challengers in races that involved incumbents, while a fourth seat was a battle between two candidates who were not incumbents.
Clerk cites cost savings for
Tonganoxie voters won’t cast ballots on electronic machines Tuesday. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski has opted for paper ballots as a cost-saving measure. No machines means no fewer transportation costs. Klasinski said the decision also allowed her to reduce the her election worker staff by one. “In the past, we’ve had only 8 percent turnout,” Klasinski said. “I’m anticipating more than that this year.”