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Final Leavenworth count slow in coming

November 8, 2000

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Voters in Leavenworth County appeared to be re-electing an incumbent county commissioner as well as favoring a newcomer in Tuesday's race.

Because of difficulty tabulating results at the Leavenworth County clerk's office, final vote totals were not available by press time.

With 10 of 37 precincts tallied, voters were favoring incumbent Robert L. Adams, R-Leavenworth, in the 2nd District. They apparently were voting out incumbent Wayne M. Eldridge, D-rural Basehor, in the 3rd District in favor of political newcomer Joseph Daniels Jr.

Adams seemed assured of re-election in the 2nd District race with 1,417 votes to Democrat Hank Spellman's 1,069 votes.

In the 3rd District, the Republican challenger Daniels was leading by a wider margin, with 2,199 votes, which was more than Eldridge who had received 1,757 votes.

Adams said late Tuesday that while he didn't champion a single issue, county growth actually was the overriding focus of the race.

"Growth in southern Leavenworth County is something we are addressing all the time, not just during the election," the 61-year-old Adams said.

"We're dealing with all of the growth out of the Kansas City area. And we're trying to play catch-up to places like Wyandotte County that have had growth from the (Kansas Speedway)."

Daniels, the apparent winner in the 3rd District race, could not be reached for comment by reporters Tuesday night. The 55-year-old is a worker for the Leavenworth County Health Department.

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