By Travis Mounts
The heavily contested Clearwater City Council race – the one that drew just two candidates for three open seats before the deadline but up to a half-dozen more after – was finally settled Monday as the Sedgwick County Election office finished tallying the votes.
Two of the three winners turned out to be write-in candidates, and they turned out to be the top vote-getters. With 321 votes, Paul Clark won the race. He was followed by Burt Ussery, who garnered 268 votes. Chris Griffin, one of the candidates who actually appeared on the ballot, got 222 votes and claimed the third and final city council seat.
In Viola, the city council winners were Shane Beebe, Debra Devlin and Brad Farmer. Beebe received 20 votes and Devlin had 19. Both were on the ballot. Farmer had 13 write-in votes, and four other people had a single write-in vote each.
Write-in votes did not affect the results of any other local races in western Sedgwick County.