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  • Wins, losses and a question mark remain after balloting

  •      While many of the candidates in Tuesday's primary ran unopposed, there were still a few surprises and at least one question mark regarding the preliminary results.

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  • While many of the candidates in Tuesday's primary ran unopposed, there were still a few surprises and at least one question mark regarding the preliminary results.
    County Commission District 3
    In the race for the District 3 County Commission seat, Danny Gillum of Wright upset incumbent Commissioner Terry Williams by only 50 votes.
    "I am extremely grateful to the Ford County Voters for believing in me," Gillum said. "In my opinion, it is obvious that the voters here realize the future of Ford County is having a vision to keep things going and grow our industries, which was part of my platform all along."
    County Sheriff
    Incumbent Ford County Sheriff Dean Bush trounced challenger Lee Hawes with a preliminary vote totalling 1692 to 547.
    "I'm delighted wth the confidence the people of Ford County have shown in the Sheriff's office," Bush said. "I look foward to another four years as the Ford County Sheriff."
    County Attorney
    The challenger, Natalie Randall swept by incumbent Terry Malone for the County Attorney position.
    “I’m glad that the voters in Ford County turned out in greater than expected numbers to cast ballots for my race and others," Randall said in an emailed statement. "My opponent, Terry Malone, ran a very good campaign, and based on the votes cast, continues to enjoy a great amount of support in this community. I want to thank those who supported me in many ways, including all who signed my candidate petition, those who displayed signs, and most importantly, the voters who took the time to get informed and cast a ballot."
    117th District
    The Republican race for the new 117th District State Representative seat was handed to John L. Ewy of Jetmore. Ewy will face Greensburg Democrat Dennis McKinney in the November election.
    "I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to those folks who have faith in me to vote for me," Ewy said in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I truly appreciate their support, and look forward to their support in the upcoming general election."
    County Commission District 2
    Rebecca Escalante won the nod for the Democratic ticket in November's District 3 Ford County Commission spot. But who will face her on the Republican side remains unclear. The preliminary results for the Republican vote showed Mike Burkhart winning by three votes over Chris Boys.
    However, a programming problem in the electronic voting system for Dodge Township 115 meant that some District 2 votres did not have an option for the County Commission races. The problem was found and corrected early in the day Tuesday. Morning voters living in Dodge Township 115 were incorrectly given a ballot that did not list the County Commissioner, District 2 candidates.
    "I have gotten four phone calls between last night and this morning from people saying they wanted to vote for me but couldn't due to the glitch in the voting system" Mike Burkhart said. "The particular area affected is where all of my neighbors live. It's all people who would have voted for me. This really is a major problem. It's just not right. "
    Page 2 of 2 - County Clerk Sharon Siebel reiterated her statement from election night that her office would be canvassing the provisional votes on Monday, Aug. 13.
    Monday's canvass could change the outcome in the final vote between Boys and Burkhart. During the canvass, 'provisional ballots' will be evaluated and possibly counted. A provisional ballot records a voter selections when there is some question in regards to a given voter's eligibility. Not all provisional votes will be counted, according to Seibel.
    Siebel said no provision in the law exists to provide for the reissuing of ballots. Siebel also indicated there is no plan to create a special election for the District 2 commission seat.
    Chris Boys had not responded to phone calls at press time.

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