Write-in votes will decide some city and school board positions from Tuesday’s election where no candidates filed. They also could overturn a city election where a candidate ran without an opponent filed.
Newcomer Laura Hoppas ran unopposed for mayor of Erie Tuesday, but was not elected without opposition. Hoppas received 122 votes, but voters cast 167 write-in ballots.
Wednesday afternoon, county election officials were sorting through the write-in candidates to determine who received the most votes in several elections.
Earlton voters cast six write-in ballots for mayor and 30 write-in ballots for the city council.
In the Thayer city council election, 170 write-in votes were cast with no candidates running for the three seats available.
Galesburg Mayor Adam Tromsness received all 30 of the votes cast for re-election, but five city council members will be decided from the 83 write-in votes.
St. Paul Mayor Jeffrey Gard also received all 119 votes with no write-ins and Stark Mayor Jeffrey Kovacic received all 14 votes.
In the Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees election, the three incumbents were unopposed. Lori Kiblinger received 1,415 votes, David W. Peter received 1,345 votes, and Dennis Peters received 1,199 with 33 write-in votes.
In the USD 101 Erie school board election, Michael McGuire received 501 votes for Position 4 against 16 write-in votes, and William Cook received 470 votes for Position 6 compared to 24 write-in ballots. Position 5 will be decided from among the 52 write-in votes.
In USD 505 Chetopa-St. Paul school district, 96 write-in votes were cast in Neosho County for Position 1, with 129 for Position 3 and 135 for the at-large position. Julia Nash was the only candidate for Position 2 with 97 votes in Neosho County and 230 in Labette County, against 11 write-ins in Neosho County.
In the Cherryvale-Thayer USD 447 Board of Education race, incumbent Randall Studebaker from Thayer received 158 votes in Montgomery County, six from Wilson County and 171 in Neosho County for 335 total votes. No votes were cast for the school district in Labette County.
The other three incumbents also won re-election. Gina Booe received 273 in Montgomery, four in Wilson and 39 in Neosho for 316 total; Mark Torkelson had 251 in Montgomery County, one in Wilson County and 49 in Neosho County for 301 total; and Jo Neuberger had 261 in Montgomery County, one in Wilson County and 26 in Neosho County for 287 total.
Challenger Mandy Lantz received 178 Montgomery County votes, two Wilson County votes and 37 Neosho County votes for 217 total, and Gina Hester received 204 in Montgomery, four in Wilson and 42 in Neosho to total 250.