Candidates survive 2020 primary

Meghan Flynn
mflynn@gctelegram.com
Election workers Beth Moser, right, and Gina Parr sign in local residents to be able to cast their ballots from behind plexiglass Tuesday during the primary election at a voting site in the Finney County Fairgrounds 4-H building.

The 2020 primary election is over.

In the local Finney County elections, Finney County sheriff, county commission District 3 and the register of deeds races were contested.

In the sheriff’s race incumbent sheriff Kevin Bascue won against competitor Jerry Quint.

Bascue received 2,981 votes and Quint received 1,071 votes.

Bascue is glad to have been reelected.

“I’m excited about being able to work for this community as the sheriff for four more years,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of all of the supporters and folks in the community who reelected me to continue to be their sheriff and I’m excited and pleased and ready to continue to work for them.”

In the county commission District 3 race, incumbent Duane Drees was reelected.

His competitors were Nick Doll and Andrew Carlson.

Drees received 750 votes, Doll had 327 votes and Carlson had 289 votes.

Drees is also glad to have been reelected.

“I think it’s a vote of confidence, that I’ve been doing something right over the years and I appreciate that vote of confidence and I’m very pleased,” he said. “I’d just like to thank my opponents for to throwing their hats it the ring and wanting to get involved with community service, I think it’s a good thing.”

Cori Smith won in the register of deeds race.

The other competitors were Vonda Finley and Stephanie Shockley. Smith received 1,605 votes, Finley had 1,156 votes and Shockley had 1,049 votes.

Smith is happy to have been elected. This is her first term in office.

“I’m just really thankful and excited to be able to continue doing what I’ve learned and grown to love and I get to continue serving my community,” she said. “I want to thank everybody that supported me through the whole thing and allowed me to have this opportunity and trust in me to do it.”

In the state races, Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier won the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race. Bollier received 507 votes from Finney County.

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall won the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race. In Finney County, he received 2,102 votes.

Kali Barnett won the Democratic nomination in the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 race. In Finney County, she received 489 votes.

Barnett said in a statement that she was proud of the campaign she ran and is “honored by the support of the voters of the Big First, and I look forward to bringing voters across the district together, and being a strong voice for Kansas families in Congress.”

Tracey Mann won the Republican nomination in the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 race. In Finney County, he received 763 votes.

Sen. John Doll won the Republican nomination in the Kansas Senate District 39 race. He received 2,114 votes.

Rep. Russ Jennings and Rep. Leonard Mastroni ran unopposed.

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