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Archive for Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Folks, Jones win Lecompton council seats, third seat still undecided

April 6, 2004

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— Voters Tuesday decided the outcome in two city council seats but there was a tie for the third seat.

Chuck Folks picked up the most votes of the four candidates vying for the council with 50, according to unofficial tallies from the Douglas County Clerk's office. Jennifer Jones was second with 44. Both will be on the Lecompton City Council.

The remaining two candidates, Ed Smith and Leah Ann Nichols both tied with 31 votes.

There are five provisional ballots still to be counted and they will be opened at 9 a.m. Friday in the Douglas County Commission Chambers when the ballots are canvassed.

If none of the provisional ballots decide the outcome between Smith and Nichols, commissioners will have to decide the outcome by drawing lots. That could mean flipping a coin or some other method of their choice, County Clerk Patty Jaimes said.

Folks and Jones will replace Cynthia Treaster and Marsha Paslay, who are leaving the council on the council. Paslay, however, did receive two write-in votes, according to the clerk's office. Another write-in vote went to Brad Colletta.

Smith was up for re-election after taking a vacant council position a year ago amid controversy.

In April 2003, Smith was defeated in the Lecompton mayoral race by Roy Paslay. Before Paslay could take office, Councilman Nick Fergus resigned and Smith, still acting as mayor, appointed himself to replace Fergus. City Atty. Larry Hendricks determined that the move by Smith was legal.

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