By Travis Mounts
Voters had their say in several local races Tuesday.
The most interesting race was for the three Clearwater City Council seats. Only two names were on the ballot but at least five more people conducted organized write-in campaigns.
Chris Griffin earned 220 votes and could be a factor in the final outcome, but with just 42 votes, the odds don’t look good for Dr. Karl May.
There were 832 votes cast for write-in candidates. Who got how many votes is a question that won’t be answered the county’s canvass on April 11. Until then, this race’s outcome is uncertain.
Goddard Mayor Marcey Gregory easily defeated a challenged from former city police officer Shawn Lux.
Jamey Blubaugh and Chris Hahn had big leads in the Goddard City Council race. Both will be new to the council.
The Cheney School Board race drew eight candidates for three positions. Rusty Slusser (225 votes) and Jarrod Bartlett (162) easily led the race. Both will be new to the BOE. Van Dewey held a three-vote lead over Brandt Ditgen for the third and final seat. Dewey is the current BOE president.
Ruth Wood was to top vote-getter for the Goddard BOE race where three seats were up for grabs. It was close for the next three candidates. Mark Richards and Kevin McWhorter were tied with 425 votes, and Douglas Griswold was just seven votes behind.
McWhorder and Griswold are current BOE members.
The mayors in Cheney, Garden Plain and Viola were not challenged and won re-election.
City council races in Cheney and Garden Plain were not contested, and the Renwick BOE races also were uncontested.