By Travis Mounts
The new mayor will be the old mayor in Haysville, as former Mayor Bruce Armstrong won his bid to unseat incumbent Ken Hampton.
Armstrong won 60 percent of the vote in a three-person race. Hampton finished second with 28 percent, and Edward Pokorski was third with 10 percent.
The vote could mean a shift in the city’s position to not be actively involved with Haysville Forward, Inc., the city’s economic development group. Hampton pulled his support of the group after he was not re-elected as HFI’s president. Hampton said last month that as HFI’s primary funding source, the city should maintain the leadership role.
The only city council race that was contested was in Ward 1, where three people were in the running for that seat.
Steve Crum won that race, unseating incumbent Michael Conrady. Joe Holub also challenged for that seat.
Crum won a majority of the vote with 55 percent.
There other three city council races were uncontested.
In Ward 2, Daniell Benner will replace Derrick Slocum, who did not seek re-election. Benner won 93 percent of the vote (116 votes). There were eight write-in votes.
In Ward 3, Patricia Ewert got 178 votes (94 percent) to win re-election. There were 10 write-in votes.
In Ward 4, Michael Kanaga earned another term. He garnered 179 votes (96 percent). There were seven write-ins.
In the USD 261 Board of Education race, Forrest Hummel was the top vote-getter and will be re-elected. Also winning were Paige Crum and Misty Harding. Hummel and Crum had significant leads, while Harding finished 20 votes ahead of Ryan Beehler.
Current board member Regina Schutt finished fifth out of six candidates and will not serve another term.
Emily Davis’ was not on the ballot. Davis’ and Schutt’s terms expire at the end of June.
Pat Lemmons easily won the vote for a two-year unexpired term that expires in June 2015. He was the only candidate on the ballot.
Results will become final at the county-wide canvass on Monday, April 8.