New faces make strong showing
There were surprises in the Feb. 28 primary election for Baldwin City mayor, city council and school board races.
Topping the list was in the mayor's position, where Ken Hayes polled 231 votes to lead the pack, followed by Slade Dillon with 159, Michael C. Green with 139 and incumbent Stan Krysztof with 93. The top two candidates, Hayes and Dillon, advance to the general election in April.
"I am excited about the results of the election," said Hayes. "I think it shows Baldwin wants new direction in government. It is significant that the incumbents did not show well against new ideas."
Political newcomers were also the top vote getters in the four-year positions for Baldwin City Council. Ken Wagner topped the voting with 344 votes, followed by George McCrary with 301 and Carol Taul with 178. Incumbent Lee Whaley was fourth with 131 votes. George Rebman had 90 votes and Carol Lanoue 69. Rebman and Lanoue failed to advance to the general election, while the top four candidates moved on.
"It was a bigger voter turnout than I thought there would be," said Wagner. "I was happy with my numbers. I think the winds of change have been blowing in Baldwin."
"It tells me there are a lot of people who want change," said McCrary. "People are looking to us for leadership."
In the two-year position, another newcomer led the voting. Todd Cohen garnered 254 votes to incumbent Gene Nelson's 195. Mike Magers was third with 131 votes. The top two vote-getters, Cohen and Nelson, advanced to the general election.
"I thank everyone who voted for me," said Cohen. "I'm surprised and I look forward to the general election."
In the Marion Springs School Board race, Blaine Cone was the leading vote getter with 68. Chip Hornberger Jr. barely edged Jay Pratt, 31-28. Cone and Hornberger will now face off in the general election.
Tuesday's snow and ice were given as reasons for the relatively light voter turnout. However, for a primary, the numbers weren't bad.