Archive for Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Harris, Chapman, Christie, Wedel win Baldwin City School Board positions

April 5, 2011, 8:21 p.m.

Updated: April 6, 2011, 1:39 a.m.

Tony Wedel earned the at-large position on the Baldwin City School Board with 423 votes, which was 42.9 percent of the total. Wedel defeated Joshua Mihesuah (352 votes) and Robin Bayer (211).

Nick Harris defeated Shawn Nelson 610-354 to fill the District 1 position on the city’s school board. Sandy Chapman edged out Ed Kite 431-428 to take the District 2 position. John Dunbar finished last in that race with 125 votes. The District 3 position went to Chad Christie, who defeated Slade Dillon 562-430.

Results remain unofficial until certified by Douglas County commissioners, who meet at 9 a.m. Monday to review vote totals and consider 107 provisional ballots.

Baldwin City School Board District 1: Nick Harris has won with 63.3 percent.

Baldwin City School Board District 2: Sandy Chapman has won with 43.8 percent.

Baldwin City School Board District 3: Chad Christie has won with 56.7 percent.

Baldwin City School Board At-Large position: Tony Wedel has won with 42.9 percent.

Comments

jcFlory 3 years, 4 months ago

There is a very small minority of USD 348 patrons that live in the extreme Northern edge of Franklin County. The results posted here don't include these votes. With one of the school board races only split by three votes, I'd be hesitant to announce the winner without the Franklin County results.

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rumpledforeskin 3 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone tell them there was an election? Maybe they stayed home.

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Peabody 3 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations to the candidates who were elected this evening. You have great challenges ahead of you and we wish you the best of luck in addressing them.

Thank you to all the candidates for your willingness to serve. Win or lose, you all have demonstrated a strong commitment to your community and that is laudable.

Tony Brown

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jcFlory 3 years, 4 months ago

Just checked the Douglas County website, and they have now added in the votes from Franklin County. There were eight additional votes, but the outcome of the race didn't change...the official results are here: http://www.douglas-county.com/online_services/news_releases/news_release_details.aspx?record_id=531

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uapinochet 3 years, 4 months ago

Those are unofficial results. They are all unofficial until Friday's canvassing by the county commission.

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jayhawkfrank 3 years, 4 months ago

Just a quick glance at the election results displays the strong differences from the rural voters and the Baldwin City voter. With almost completely different voting patterns I would assume this will only continue the disconnect between the Baldwin City residents and the rural residents.

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Julie Craig 3 years, 4 months ago

Where are the separate precincts listed? How do you know which way the rural voters vs city voters went?

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jcFlory 3 years, 4 months ago

If you click the links in the story above, it will give you the breakdown by district for each individual race. I agree, there is still a total disconnect between town and rural. Each race had a clear town winner and rural winner. At least two of the town winners and two of the rural winners won overall so hopefully this will mean that everyone has some representation on the board. Maybe this will start to bridge the gap.

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Torch 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't think that bridging the gap is really going to happen.

The rural members of USD 348 don't seem to believe they are part of the district unless it benefits them. Likewise they are fully willing to take advantage of the amenities of Baldwin but not pay for them.

They've gotten used to the generosity of the vast majority of the patrons of the District and now they're stung when it had to come to an end.

Given what I know about the people of this community, that is a rift that will take a long, long, long, time to heal - if ever.

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LAGNAFinaCJ 3 years, 4 months ago

"The rural members of USD 348 don't seem to believe they are part of the district unless it benefits them. Likewise they are fully willing to take advantage of the amenities of Baldwin but not pay for them."

You have NO CLUE at all Torch.....

It's ignorant people like you that this Rural person doesn't like! I have alot of friends in town, and out here in the sticks.....
Aw never mind, you still wont get it!!

Dan Wilcox

to the winners, thanks for running and good luck, hope everything turns for the better of ALL USD 348!!

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jayhawkfrank 3 years, 4 months ago

"Likewise they are fully willing to take advantage of the amenities of Baldwin but not pay for them."

Please remind me of all the GREAT amenities that Baldwin Cith has to offer.....

I personally visit Baldwin City to get gas for my car about 1 out of every 10 fill ups. Maybe we'll visit the pool once or twice in the summer. Outside of that I'd like to know what I am missing in my day to day life that I can't get in lawrence and to visit baldwin city for?

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jcFlory 3 years, 4 months ago

Torch, it sounds like you might be the one that doesn't want to end the rift. I'm a rural member of the community, and I'm not mad at the in-town crowd in the least. I'd be happy to continue to debate these issues with you, but not unless you're willing to do it openly.

What does irritate me is people, such as you, who get on the internet and make anonymous comments that are inflammatory. So, feel free to insult me to your hearts desire, but I won't respond to a thing you say until you state your name and email address.

And I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been posting their comments openly lately such as Dan Wilcox, Slade Dillon, Tony Brown, and Nathaniel Johnson. I'm sure there are quite a few others but I don't get on here and read every day.

Josie Flory josieflory@gmail.com

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abttoretire 3 years, 4 months ago

"..so hopefully this will mean that everyone has some representation on the board."

"representation" and "quality representation" are not always the same thing. Revenge and angry voting often backfires.

Hopefully you now feel safe and snuggly, Lisa and Co.

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Nathaniel Johnson 3 years, 4 months ago

I would also like to add my congratulations to the winners - it was a race, so they are winners - and also my thanks to all of the candidates for their guts to come out and run. A special thank you to Slade Dillon for bringing a great energy to this election. I hope you run again, Slade, maybe for city council next time around.

Nathaniel Johnson gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

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