Voters back incumbents
Pawlowski, Russell win council re-election; Gowdy, Whitlow back on board
Two Lansing City Council incumbents joined two Lansing School Board incumbents in beating back challengers in balloting Tuesday.
Andi Pawlowski defeated challenger David Anaya, 156-85, to win re-election to the Ward 2 council seat; and Harland Russell defeated challenger Tom Smith, 147-80, to regain the Ward 4 seat.
In the Lansing school board races, incumbents Shelly Gowdy and Dr. Richard Whitlow won re-election to four-year terms.
"It tells me, I hope, I'm doing the right thing for the community and for Ward 4," said Russell, who was re-elected to his third four-year term.
"I personally just feel very honored," said Gowdy, who pulled down 501 votes to lead all school board candidates. "To me, it's a vote of confidence from the community that what we've been doing in the district has been right and that we are continuing to move in the right direction."
Gowdy and Whitlow, who polled 446 votes, will be joined on the board by newcomers Rich Hauver and Rich O'Donnell. Hauver finished second in the school board balloting with 493 votes; O'Donnell received 322 votes to win the fourth and final opening on the board.
Hauver said he would use the time between now and this summer, when he takes his seat, to learn more about the board.
"Between now and then, I'll do a lot of observing, learning, drinking out of the fire hydrant, so to speak," he said. "I've got a lot to learn."
Those finishing out of the money were John Gable, 294; Joseph Walden, 266; and W. Brian Duncan, 266.
Unopposed in Ward 1 was Dee Hininger, who received 60 votes and will be seated for his first full four-year term. Janette Labbee Holdeman received 88 votes as the only candidate in Ward 3. She was appointed last year to fill a spot vacated by Robert Ulin.
County Clerk Linda Scheer said voter turnout in Lansing on Tuesday was a scant 10.7 percent, with just 597 of 5,463 registered voters going to the polls.
Tuesday's results won't be official until a canvass of the votes by the Leavenworth County Commission at 9 a.m. Friday.