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Election Night Updates: Final unofficial: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan; School bond rolls to victory

April 2, 2013, 9:07 p.m. Updated April 2, 2013, 9:40 p.m.


9:05 Final unofficial:

• Amyx: 6,999

• Farmer: 5,265

• Riordan: 4,816

• Soden: 4,719

• Criqui: 3,558

• Chestnut: 3,412

West Lawrence votes came in and carried Riordan to the third and final spot. He had been sitting in fourth for much of the night.

School bond: Was never close: Yes: 8,013; No: 3,082

Lawrence school board:

• Sanburn: 5,387

• Morse: 5,180

• Adair: 4,847

• Byers: 4,579

8:45 We’re getting near the end here tonight. While we wait, a couple of stories getting some talk at the courthouse involve City Commissioner Mike Amyx and former City Commissioner Rob Chestnut.

Several folks at the courthouse are remarking at how Amyx — a downtown barber shop owner and longtime city commissioner — continues to rack up votes year after year. Amyx now has a more than 1,200 vote lead in the race.

Chestnut during the primary came roaring back at the end of the night as West Lawrence votes started to come in. He finished fourth in that primary. There may be a surge coming, but he needs to make up about 900 votes at the moment.

8:35: With 72 percent of the vote in on the Lawrence School Board:

• Sanburn: 3,703

• Morse: 3,500

• Adair: 3,296

• Byers: 3,134

The Eudora City Commission race is done, with 4 of 4 precincts reporting. Jolene Born has taken the top at the expense of Scott Hopson, a current member of the governing body.

• Born: 204

• Reazin: 184

• Hopson: 162

• Trober: 79

8:30: With 70 percent of the precincts counted it is Amyx, Farmer and Soden, but the race between No. 3 and No. 4 is still within striking distance.

• Amyx: 4,707

• Farmer: 3,443

• Soden: 3,307

• Riordan: 3,034

• Criqui: 2,499

• Chestnut: 2,129

School bond: Yes: 5,334; No: 2,064. A no-doubter for the school bond.

8:20: Other area races are also coming in and some are tight:

Eudora City Commission (Two of four precincts):

• Scott Hopson: 91

• Jolene Born: 90

• Tim Reazin: 83

• Jerry Trober: 38

Eudora School Board (2 of 7 precincts)

• Eric Votaw: 125

• Michael Kelso: 104

• Joseph Hurla: 101

• Bryan Maring: 83

8:05 New results. It is Amyx, Soden and Farmer with with about 20 polling locations reporting.

• Amyx: 2,885

• Soden: 2,113

• Farmer: 2,090

• Riordan: 1,776

• Criqui: 1,677

• Chestnut: 1,281

We’re about 40 percent of the way done. Usually these early returns involve quite a few East Lawrence precincts.

School bond continues to roll: Yes: 3,286. No: 1,195

8:00 p.m.: Just reminder of the lay of the land here on the Lawrence City Commission race. The top three vote winners will take seats on the commission. The top two vote winners will receive four-year terms. The third-place finisher will receive a two-year term. Usually, the top two vote winners also will get a chance to serve as mayor for one year during the next four years.

In the lightly attended primary in February — remember the snow — Amyx finished first by more than 500 votes; Farmer was second; Riordan was third; Chestnut was fourth, about 300 votes out of third; Criqui was fifth; and Soden was sixth, about 500 votes out of third.

7:50: Information on some other races while we wait for the next round of votes to come in.

Baldwin City Mayor race:

• Jason Mock: 32 votes

• Marilyn Pearse: 22

• Bonnie Plumberg: 9

Baldwin City Council (Top 2 win):

• Katheryn Gerstner: 48

• Christi Darnell: 37

• Michael Paulick: 11

Eudora City Commission (Top 2 win):

• Scott Hopson: 18

• Tim Reazin: 18

• Jolene Born: 16

• Jerry Trober Sr.: 15

Lecompton City Mayor

• Sandra Jacquot: 10

• Mark Tunstall: 5

7:30 p.m.: I do have information about what precincts came out the strongest in advance voting. There were seven Lawrence precincts where more than 50 ballots were cast. They are:

• Langston Heights: 84

• Deerfied: 68

• Mustard Seed: 62

• Immanuel Lutheran: 59

• Prairie Park: 56

• First Southern Baptist: 53

• Liberty Memorial: 52

Today's observations at the polls suggested more votes were coming in from the west than the east side of town. Five of those seven locations above are what I would consider west Lawrence.

Factor that in as you look at the advance ballot totals. Mike Amyx has a pretty strong lead through the advance ballot stage, so he appears to be in good shape to win a fifth term on the commission. Soden is the surprise thus far, but spots No. 2 through No. 6 are separated by just 130 votes. We may have quite a race shaping up.

7:25 Advance votes are in, and the big news from it is that Leslie Soden finds herself in the top three after the advance ballots.

Here are the results:

Mike Amyx: 923

Jeremy Farmer: 591

Leslie Soden: 586

Terry Riordan: 554

Scott Criqui: 463

Rob Chestnut: 461

If these results hold, it will be big news. Soden was sixth in the primary election. In my memory, a sixth place finisher has never moved up into the top three in the general election.

The school bond is winning handling: 915 yes. 393 no.

School board race for Lawrence:

Vanessa Sanburn: 719

Robert Byers: 665

Adina Morse: 637

Kristie Adair: 576


Curveball 1 year ago

What ever happened to Merrill anyway? You know, the radio guy on KLWlN and later KMBZ?


bearded_gnome 1 year ago

time fr a ward city commission?

way overdue.

explaining: that would mean the city would be divided into wards, say five for example, and each would elect its own city commissioner, instead of citywide beauty contests. historically much of lawrence has been vastly underrepresented on the commission.


bearded_gnome 1 year ago

whew, that was close! Soden speaks but you hear merrill's ideas come out of her mouth.

I am so glad MikeA got elected, and top indeed. I like Mike very much.


Liberal 1 year ago

Rob Chestnut is a good and honest man and probably the only one who really understood the budget. Not that the other people are not smart but budgets are his job. Having someone with his background on the commission made for a better educated commission at least as far as the budget was concerned. The rampant spending the current commission had embarked on was/is a disaster.

Mike Amyx has name recognition. He was pretty much a in no matter what he did. I personally thought it time he go back to his business but he is a fair person that looks at all sides of an issue and makes the decision that he feels is best. (You have to respect that) He probably did not get the endorsement for that reason. With Riordan and Farmer time will tell how the dynamic has changed or not. All in all it looks like a landslide for West Lawrence. or should we call it "New Lawrence".

Congratulations to all who ran, put themselves out there, and attempted to make a difference in Lawrence.


Caz Snwot 1 year ago

I'm guessing Baldwin's youngest mayor ever?


RCJ8861 1 year ago

Thank you Rob Chestnut for your service to Lawrence. We may not always agree, but I appreciate your time, effort and sacrifice to help Lawrence continue to be a great community.


WilburM 1 year ago

RE turnout: voters choose whether to come to the polls or not, not voting is not a "no." This was pretty much overwhelming.

RE the rich boys PAC. I think Farmer and Riordan won IN SPITE of the PAC, not because of it. Amyx was conspicuously not endorsed and won overwhelmingly, while Selden almost made it. Honestly, the $$ made no difference, or if it did, it was negative.


gccs14r 1 year ago

You can't call the bond tally "overwhelming" when only 10% of the populace bothered to show up.

I propose that no vote be considered valid unless one more than half of all registered voters participate.


scaramouchepart2 1 year ago

What about provisional ballot. Chad?


1yardstare 1 year ago

Lawrence United PAC owners Thomas Fritzel and Bill Penny must not of appreciated Chestnut speaking up during the PIRC meeting and telling the truth about the Rock Chalk Park project.


Michelle Fales 1 year ago

Thanks Chad for the continuous updates. Appreciate it.


1 year ago

That sux. Two of the PAC people got elected to the City Commission. Not a good thing at all. It's time we started seriously looking at a ward system.


Number_1_Grandma 1 year ago

Telling....That even the westside of Lawrence doesn't think much of Chestnut either...LOL


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