Tellefson wins seat on county commission
In an election that was tough on the GOP, Republican J.C. Tellefson came out the victor Tuesday - in a Democratic Leavenworth County Commission district.
Tellefson, of rural Leavenworth, beat Democrat Ed Sass, of Easton, 2,282 to 2,034, in a race for the 1st District County Commission seat. The district is in the northern third of the county.
In January, Tellefson, 53, will replace Don Navinsky, who is retiring after 12 years on the commission. The other two county commissioners - Clyde Graeber and Dean Oroke - were not up for re-election.
Contacted shortly after his win, Tellefson said he thought he and Sass ran strong campaigns.
"I don't think either of us left anything undone," Tellefson said.
Since 1995, he's worked as a stockbroker and financial counselor. In recent years he worked for the Veterans Administration, where he located jobs for veterans. He's currently on a leave of absence. Tellefson and his wife, Cheryl, have two grown children.
Tellefson said he spent innumerable hours knocking on doors in his district and talking with residents.
"I got a lot of good information from a lot of people," he said. "I don't know that we're going to stop that."
He said he would like to continue talking with residents and hoped he could get back out in his district in March.
"I don't think any of us is hurt by too much information," he said. "There are a lot of people who just felt disenfranchised, and I don't want that to be the case in four years."
Until he is sworn into office in two months, Tellefson said, he will work to further educate himself about issues on the commission agenda.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. ''... I look forward to successes and challenges. The county is just an absolute gem. It doesn't even need to be shaped. It just needs to be polished a little bit."