3 new members elected to Baldwin City Council; 1 newcomer to join two incumbents on Eudora City Commission
Baldwin City voters ousted the only incumbent on the ballot Tuesday in electing three first-time candidates to the City Council, while two incumbent Eudora city commissioners easily won reelection.
Winning four-year seats to the Baldwin City Council were Cory Venable with 445 votes, Julie Constantinescu with 412 votes and Scott Lauridsen with 398. All three easily outdistanced the rest of the field of Sean Hare, 240 votes; Jerry Smith, 213 votes; incumbent David Simmons, 140 votes; and Nicholas Goodman, 117 votes.
Incumbents Tim Bruce and Ruth Hughs won another four years on the five-member Eudora City Commission. Joining them on the commission will be Roberta Lehmann, daughter of former Mayor Tom Pyle. She will replace the retiring Troy Squire on the commission. Unofficial vote totals in the election were Hughs, 450; Lehmann, 392; Bruce, 356; Rex Tedrow, 230; and Peter Latta, 171.
There were no contested races for either the Baldwin City or Eudora school boards. The new Baldwin City board will look considerably different when the newly elected members are seated in January, however, because three candidates – Tony Brown, Phillip Harvey and Carrie Stevens — are new to the board, and Ande Parks is returning after a six-year absence from the body. Incumbent Kelley Bethell-Smith was also returned to the board.
In Eudora, newcomer Becky Plate won a seat on the board with 519 votes. Among incumbents, Mark Chrislip received 589 votes, Lynn Reazin received 537, and Bryan Maring received 477.
In another unopposed race, Jimmy Wilkins was elected mayor of Lecompton with 85 votes. He will succeed Sandra Jacquot, who chose not to seek reelection. Elected to the Lecompton City Council by write-in in a race in which no one filed was Owen Mallonee, 52 votes, and Mark Tunstall, 20 votes.
Tuesday’s results are unofficial until the Douglas County Commission canvasses the results on Nov. 18.