Archive for Tuesday, April 5, 2011

LOCAL ELECTIONS: Miles, Box, Dysart take city council seats; Redmond, Van Fleet win school board spots

Jennifer Lindelof of Basehor gives her son Carson, 6, a lesson on civic duty Tuesday morning at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Lindelof was one of about 85 people who had voted by 9 a.m. at Holy Angels, where all Basehor residents are assigned to vote. Today is Election Day, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Basehor area residents can cast votes for city council and school board races.

Jennifer Lindelof of Basehor gives her son Carson, 6, a lesson on civic duty Tuesday morning at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Lindelof was one of about 85 people who had voted by 9 a.m. at Holy Angels, where all Basehor residents are assigned to vote. Today is Election Day, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Basehor area residents can cast votes for city council and school board races.

April 5, 2011, 10:46 a.m.

Updated: April 5, 2011, 10:39 p.m.

10:35 p.m.

Two new faces will join the Basehor City Council this year, but the council's longest-serving member will serve another term, according to unofficial election results.

Meanwhile, in races for the Basehor-Linwood school board, the lone challenged incumbent won a second term easily, and newcomer Lori Van Fleet won a contest between three newcomers to win the board's at-large seat.

Newcomers Travis Miles and Fred Box were the top two finishers in the city council election, receiving 310 and 288 votes, respectively. Incumbent Iris Dysart won the third seat up for election with 284 votes, 25 more than challenger Richard Drennon.

Incumbent Bill Moyer fell short in his first election bid after being appointed to the council by Mayor Terry Hill in 2009.

In the race for the at-large school board seat, Lori Van Fleet received 293 votes to Jim Peters' 231 and Jeff Tindell's 176. Redmond got 430 votes for the Position 1 seat, and challenger Larry Harms got 245.

The results are unofficial until the Leavenworth County Commissioners meet to canvass votes on Friday.

Here are the complete unofficial results from the Leavenworth County Clerk's office:

BASEHOR CITY COUNCIL

Top three win election

Fred Box — 288

Richard R. Drennon — 259

Iris Dysart — 284

Travis Miles — 310

Robert "Bob" Moore — 94

Bill Moyer — 201

BASEHOR-LINWOOD USD 458 SCHOOL BOARD

Position 1: One wins election

Jeané K. Redmond — 430

Larry Harms — 245

Position 7: One wins election

Jim Peters — 231

Jeff Tindell — 176

Lori Van Fleet — 293


9:10 p.m.

Jeané Redmond and Lori Van Fleet have taken early leads in the two contested Basehor-Linwood school board races.

Basehor City Council results are not yet in.

BASEHOR-LINWOOD USD 458 SCHOOL BOARD: 2 of 7 precincts reporting

Position 1: One wins election

Jeané K. Redmond — 106

Larry Harms — 56

Position 7: One wins election

Jim Peters — 40

Jeff Tindell — 38

Lori Van Fleet — 92


8:50 p.m.

Results for the Basehor-Linwood school board races have begun to come in.

BASEHOR-LINWOOD USD 458 SCHOOL BOARD: 1 of 7 precincts reporting

Position 1: One wins election

Jeané K. Redmond — 49

Larry Harms — 30

Position 7: One wins election

Jim Peters — 25

Jeff Tindell — 22

Lori Van Fleet — 36


7:45 p.m.

Preliminary returns from the Leavenworth County Clerk's office:

BASEHOR CITY COUNCIL

Top three win election

Fred Box — 16

Richard R. Drennon — 16

Iris Dysart — 19

Travis Miles — 17

Robert "Bob" Moore — 5

Bill Moyer — 9

BASEHOR-LINWOOD USD 458 SCHOOL BOARD

Position 1: One wins election

Jeané K. Redmond — 29

Larry Harms — 18

Position 7: One wins election

Jim Peters — 14

Jeff Tindell — 11

Lori Van Fleet — 22


7:24 p.m.

'It's everybody's responsibility'

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Basehor resident Barbara Higgins stopped to speak with the Sentinel after casting a ballot at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor on Tuesday morning. Enlarge video

'This is our great opportunity'

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Basehor resident Jim Enneking stopped to speak with the Sentinel after voting at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Tuesday morning. Enlarge video

Polls have closed in Basehor and around Leavenworth County, and unofficial election results for the Basehor City Council and Basehor-Linwood school board races are expected within a few hours.

Check back to this page throughout the evening for updates on election results as soon as they are available from the Leavenworth County Clerk's office. County Clerk Janet Klasinski said last week that she expected results to be in by about 9 p.m.

Election workers said about 480 residents had voted by 6:20 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 15410 Leavenworth Rd. in Basehor, where all city residents were assigned to vote. Workers were hopeful that the total would top 500 by the time polls closed. About 10 people were lined up outside the doors when polls opened at 7 a.m., the workers said.

A steady stream of voters visited the Holy Angels site throughout the day, workers said, resulting in lines of five to 10 voters at times. New electronic registration equipment resulted in a few brief delays.

Voters who spoke with the Sentinel after casting ballots this morning said they felt they had a duty to vote for their leaders.

"I think it's a responsibility to vote for the people who are running our town and our country," Basehor resident Tracy Case said after voting at Holy Angels. "You can't complain if you don't vote."

Case said she was hoping for change on the Basehor City Council.

"We need some new blood," she said.

Laura Medina, though, said her attention was focused more on the Basehor-Linwood school board. Her 5-year-old son Evan and 4-year-old daughter Chloe, who both came along to the voting booth this morning, will be attending Basehor-Linwood schools within the next two years, she said.

"I want to make sure when they start school that we have the best board members to make decisions for their education," Medina said.

In the last two local elections, in 2007 and 2009, voter turnout in Basehor has been less than 20 percent.

Basehor resident Janet Heim, who also voted at Holy Angels this morning, said those numbers reflected the disinterest of many residents.

"I just don't think people are that interested in a local election," Heim said. "If it's not a president or a governor or something, I don't think they're going to show up too much."

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