Archive for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Votes are all in

Our View Editorial

April 9, 2009

Baldwin City voters checked in with their choices Tuesday in the election for Baldwin City’s mayor, city council and school board. We liked what we saw.

The choices were one thing, but the turnout was good, too. County-wide the voters didn’t show up in droves, but Baldwin City was an exception. In Saturday’s advance voting, Baldwin City had 80 voters, which outdistanced all polling places in the county. That includes Lawrence, which had 65 voters.

That theme continued Tuesday as just over 20 percent of the city’s registered voters turned out. That was again higher than the rest of the county. It may not look like much, but when races are close, every vote counts.

That’s especially evident in the race for city council. Bonnie Plumberg outdistanced the other four candidates with 359 votes, which was 27 percent of those cast. For the second spot on the council, it was extremely close. Tom Farmer gained the slight nod with 265 votes for 19.9 percent. Chris Nichols was right behind with 258 votes and 19.4 percent. It doesn’t get much closer than that.

Another interesting number was Ken Wagner’s easy win in the mayor’s race. Wagner had 422 votes for 54.3 percent. In second was George McCrary with 231 votes (29.7 percent) and incumbent Gary Walbridge had 124 votes (16).

We even found the voting numbers for the three incumbent Baldwin School Board members interesting. Looks like the voters may have made a statement with the number of votes for each of the candidates.

We think the voters chose wisely all the way around. Thanks for voting.

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