and ADRIENNE WAHL
ERIE — Two Chanute city commission incumbents will continue with four-year terms and a former commissioner will return for two years, while four school board incumbents were re-elected in Tuesday’s election results.
Voters replaced Chanute commissioner Eddie Rosenberger with challenger Kevin Berthot in Tuesday’s election, while Phil Chaney and Tim Fairchild were re-elected to the commission.
On the USD 413 Board of Education, incumbents Cassie Cleaver, Ross Hendrickson, Jeff Caldwell and Bradley LaRue were re-elected.
In the Chanute city commission election, Fairchild received the most votes with 690 for 22.98 percent, and Chaney followed with 506 votes for 16.86 percent to win four-year terms. Former commissioner Berthot received 448 votes for 14.92 percent to earn a two-year term.
Tim Egner received 415 votes for 13.82 percent and Martha McCoy received 411 for 13.69 percent. Incumbent Eddie Rosenberger received 404 votes for 13.46 percent, and Jon Odell had 128 votes for 4.26 percent.
Cleaver had the highest vote total for the Chanute school board with 925 for 22.74 percent. Caldwell, the current board president, was next with 903 votes for 22.2 percent, Hendrickson received 784 votes for 19.28 percent and LaRue received 768 votes for 18.88 percent. All will serve four-year terms. Challenger John Graham received 687 votes for 16.89 percent.
In the Erie city council election, Cindy Friedrich received 126 votes for 21.65 percent and Trenton Moore had 116 votes for 19.93 percent to win the two seats open. Tereasa Demeritt had 100 votes for 17.18 percent, Linda Weidert followed with 92 votes for 15.87 percent, Tyler Riggs had 90 votes for 15.48 percent, and Jeremy King had 58 votes for 9.97 percent.
In the race for Thayer mayor, Michelle Sevart received 73 votes for 60.33 percent and William Vining had 48 votes for 39.67 percent.
The election was marred by errors when five rural residents received Thayer city ballots. County Attorney Linus Thuston said this would not have been enough to change the outcome.
In the Erie School District 101 race, Dawn Wilson defeated Dustie Elsworth more than two-to-one for an at-large seat. Wilson had 387 votes for 69.86 percent, while Elsworth had 167 votes for 30.14 percent.
In the Stark city council race, Stephen Johnson received 13 votes to defeat Charles Hill, who had 11 votes. There also four write-in votes.
In the Southwest Extension board election, Lois Carlson received 1,268 votes while Cindy Friedrich had 975 and Heather Elsworth received 705.
In Neosho County, 1,147 voters were in favor of the amendment to the Kansas Constitution census amendment, while 912 were opposed.
With five seats open on the St. Paul council, Keith Vanluween had 95 votes, Jerod Norris 91, Jamie Aday 85, Mike Grosdider 84 and Lewis Hundley 72. The remaining candidates were Jeanette Sevart with 50, Kenneth Paisley with 32 and Brian Whelan with 21.
The voting results are unofficial until the canvas on Nov. 18. Less than a fourth of the county’s 10,687 registered voters cast ballots.