January 25, 2019
Candidates for the Leavenworth County Commission's new Fifth District are, from left Tonganoxie's David Frese (I), Tonganoxie's Curtis Oroke (I), Mike Stieben (R) and Linwood's Stuart Sweeney (D). The special election will be March 26.
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ELECTION CENTRAL: Stieben wins Leavenworth County Commission race by 33 votes; April 3 canvass to determine official results
Mike Stieben appears to be the winner of the first Leavenworth County Commissioner Fifth District.race, but election won't be official until next Wednesday.
Election Day is here. Voters can cast ballots until 7 p.m. today in a special election for the new Leavenworth County Commission Districts 4 and 5.
Advance voting has started for the new Leavenworth County Commission races. On-site advance balloting started March 6 at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. Voters can visit County Clerk Janet Klasinski’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance balloting will conclude at noon March 25.
There will be a candidate forum Saturday morning for candidates vying for the new Leavenworth County Commission’s Ffith District. The forum will run 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Tonganoxie. Republican Mike Stieben, Democrat Stuart Sweeney and independents David Frese and Curtis Oroke make up the field. The election will take place March 26.
A fourth and final candidate completed the field for the Leavenworth County Commission’s Fifth District race late Friday afternoon. Curtis Oroke, who currently serves on the Tonganoxie City Council, secured the required 400 valid signatures, County Clerk Janet Klasinski confirmed late Friday afternoon. Oroke’s bid for election became official in advance of the 5 p.m. deadline for candidate petitions. He joins fellow Tonganoxie resident David Frese as candidates running as independents in the race. Per social media, Oroke indicated he had hoped to secure the Republican nomination, but no delegates brought his name forward during the Republican convention about a week ago.