Gerald Dwyer is looking forward to holding public office for the first time.
Tuesday night Dwyer, 61, a Democrat, was elected Wakarusa Township clerk. He defeated Republican Steve Brown by an unofficial vote count of 449 to 350.
Dwyer is a rural Lawrence farmer. Brown, 47, is a Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant. Neither of the candidates said they campaigned for the job. Dwyer said he thinks he won because the people in the township know him.
"I'm just an old man who has been living in the neighborhood a long time," he said.
All other township clerk candidates were unopposed. The unofficial results:
Republican Jim Baldwin, 252; write-in, 9.
Republican Randall J. Hartford, 118; write-in, 10.
Republican Jeanne M. Waisner, 519; write-in, 8.
Republican Michael A. Stewart, 560; write-in, 12.
Republican Janet Ballinger, 1,772; write-in 66.
Willow Springs Township
Republican Jerry E. Smith, 445; write-in, 10.
Republican Jim Gabriel, 1,583; write-in, 46.
Republican Frank Rhodes, 269; write-in, 12.