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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Tie race will be decided Monday

  • The votes have been counted and the results are in- 797 people voted in the April elections in Ford County. Voters represented just 5.23 percent of registered. Eleven ballots were provisional, and will be counted in the canvass held at 8 a.m. Monday, April 8 in the Ford County Government Center.
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  • The votes have been counted and the results are in- 797 people voted in the April elections in Ford County. Voters represented just 5.23 percent of registered. Eleven ballots were provisional, and will be counted in the canvass held at 8 a.m. Monday, April 8  in the Ford County Government Center.
    The results of the canvass will not effect any races, according to the county clerk's office.
    "There were no provisional ballots cast in Ford," said County Clerk Sharon Seibel, who is also the county's chief election officer.
    The results of the Ford City Council race ended in a tie between Andy Thompson and Betty Shearon, each earning 21 votes.
    Since no provisional ballots were cast, the board of canvassers will decide by lot who the winner is, as stated in Kansas Statute 25-3108.
    According to Seibel, a lot is just a tie-breaker. It may be a coin toss or the candidates may draw straws - anything that could determine who the winner is.
    "We have invited both candidates to the canvass to witness the decision," Seibel said. "It will be decided at that time regardless of if they are present or not."
    No other elections will be decided at the canvass.
    The winners of the Dodge City Board of Education election are as follows: Brian Winter, Lisa Killion, Tammie West and Barbara Lundin.
    West was re-elected for his third term on the school board. In a previous interview with the Globe, Winter said he ran to be able to give back to the community where he grew up and to help the board face challenges they're currently dealing with.
    "We are a growing district, with an average of 100 new students a year and the district has done a good job using their resources to handle these changes," Winter said.
    Lisa Killion was elected to her second term on the school board. In a previous interview she said she's glad there is a good line of communication between the school board and the administration. Because Dodge has some important issues facing the school district, good communication is important to Killion.
    "We'll have to start think about adding classes and teachers soon," Killion said. "And making sure that there are enough teachers and resources for each student."
    Tammie West was also re-elected to her second term on the school board. She said the board is moving in the right direction, and wants to do her part to make sure that continues.
    One of the ways Dodge City is moving in the right direction is the addition of a new middle school, West said in a previous interview.
    "I think the addition of a second middle school was a great thing for us," West said. "It gives so many more students the chance to participate in sports and other academic clubs. And when kids participate more, they care more, they want to stay in school longer, and they tend to get better grades."
    Page 2 of 2 - Barbara Lundin was elected to her first term as a member of the school board. She is looking forward to starting her term by learning everything she can about the district, so she can make informed decisions.
    "I would like to get more involved in all the schools," Lundin said, "so I can better communicate the concerns of students and teachers."
    Lundin also plans to learn from the experience of current board members.
    "I have a lot to learn, I know," Lundin said, "but I'm excited to start working."

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