The margin of victory changed, but not the results.
Election results became official on Monday morning as a canvass was held of 45 provisional ballots and write-in votes were counted.
Gary Harshberger held on to the fourth Dodge City Community College Board of Trustee spot. The unofficial results had Harshberger 16 votes ahead of Merrill Conant. Harshberger’s lead was trimmed to nine votes in the final tally.
In the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees race Kathy Ramsour led the voting with 1,510 votes, followed by Mia Schraeder Korbelik with 1,495, Dan Reichenborn with 1,418 and Harshberger earning 1,273 votes. Not being elected were Conant with 1,257, Pete Weil with 1,129, Bill Hammond at 1,117 votes and Morris Reeves with 904. These were the unofficial results posted Tuesday night.
Officially, Harshberger received 1,287 while Conant got 1,278. Ramsour improved to 1,527, Korbelik with 1,514 and Reichenborn with 1,434.
It was even closer in the city commission race. The unofficial votes for city commission were Brian Delzeit 1,110 votes, Joyce Warshaw with 991, E. Kent Smoll with 839, Keith Gwaltney collected 833, Charles Sellens with 523 and Liliana Zuniga with 388.
Following Monday morning’s canvass, the six-vote spread between Smoll and Gwaltney expanded to nine votes.
The final tally was 1,129 for Delzeit, 1,011 for Warshaw, Smoll with 851, Gwaltney with 842, Sellens with 529 and Zuniga, who dropped from the race for health reasons, with 398.
Nothing changed in any other races, however there is clarification on the USD 443 Board of Education front.
Warshaw was the highest vote getter in the election, but announced prior to the election she would not accept a spot on the board if elected, saying she signed up for the USD 443 election because — at the time — there weren’t enough candidates to fill open positions.
Once it was clear there were plenty of candidates, Warshaw dropped from the race, but couldn’t get her name off the ballot.
According to information provided to the Dodge City Daily Globe, if Warshaw doesn’t take office — which is slated for the second Monday in January — the open position is appointed by the school board to fill the term.
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