One incumbent, two write-ins elected to Holcomb city council

4/10/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

After Holcomb City Council members Tracy Davis and Jannelle Robins-Gaede decided not to run for reelection this year, only incumbent Robert McCallister's name appeared on the April 2 ballot.

McCallister was reelected to the council last week with 51 votes, but the other two open seats were left to write-in candidates.

After Monday's vote canvass, Mark Richmeier and Richard Scott Homer were certified as the other two Holcomb City Council winners. Richmeier received 16 write-in votes while Homer finished with 12 write-in votes.

A write-in candidate also was elected to the USD 363 Holcomb Board of Education. Gayla Lohfink won Position 4 on the board with 12 write-in votes. Other school board winners were Mary Ann Bennett with 99 votes for Position 5, and Matthew Jones with 101 votes in Position 6.

Monday's canvassing did not change the winners of the Garden City USD 457 Board of Education race. Vote totals after Monday's canvass and certification confirmed the three winners as Jean Clifford with 1,494 votes, Gloria Hopkins with 1,471 and Lara K. Bors with 1,076. Antonio Espino finished a distant fourth with 413 votes.

The official final vote counts for the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees included William S. Clifford with 1,611 votes, Merilyn Douglass with 1,508 and Ronald Schwartz with 1,251, Those three candidates, all incumbents, won the three seats while challenger Harold Orosco finished with 397 votes.

The Garden City Commission race was the only race affected by ballot counting errors in Finney County. Unofficial results after the April 2 election initially showed Troy Unruh getting the third and final seat on the commission, but after canvassing and a hand re-count, Melvin Dale nabbed the final seat and a two-year term.

Garden City Commission totals included Janet Doll with 1,056 and Chris Law with 1,047, with both earning four-year terms. Dale finished with 976 votes, Troy Unruh 966 and Harold Starr 210.

The Garden City sales tax issue passed by an official vote of 1,421-285.

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