Highly contested races officially determined

Election Day 2021 was Tuesday, Nov. 2, and multiple local patrons exercised their right to vote at the polls for numerous school board and city officials.

In Nemaha County, 43 percent of registered voters went to the polls, and in Brown County 21.67 percent voted.

Local results are listed below.

Area City Elections

City of Sabetha

Mayor: Cody Bletscher is the winner with 362 votes (57.6 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Brown County. Julie Burenheide received 265 votes (42.1 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Brown County. There was one write-in candidate, who received two votes.

Commissioner of Finance: Maridel Wittmer is the winner with 307 votes (50.3 percent) in Nemaha County and zero in Brown County. Challenger Sharon Kibbe received 302 votes (49.5 percent) in Nemaha County and zero in Brown County. There was one write-in candidate, who received one vote.

City of Bern

Mayor: Dallas Wood is the winner with 35 votes (97.2 percent). Write-in candidates received one vote.

Council Members (2): Winners are Caleb Lee Meyer with 28 votes and Whitney Wilson with 21 votes. One write-in candidate received 17 votes.

City of Fairview

Council Members (3): Winners were Bridget Harvey with 33 votes and Charles Kramer with 25 votes. Write-in candidate Sierra Renner won the third position with 12 of the 24 write-in votes. Renner defeated filed candidate Paul Reynolds, who received eight votes. Renner will have to officially accept the position.

City of Goff

Mayor: Patricia Dean is the winner with 17 votes (80.9 percent).

Council Members (5): Barbara Wiggins, Nancy Gosling, Edna Perry, Russell Fulkerson and Rachel Fulkerson were all elected by write-in. Wiggins, Gosling and Russell Fulkerson had 12 votes each; while Rachel Fulkerson had 14 votes and Perry had 13 votes. All write-in candidates will have to officially accept the positions.

City of Hamlin

Mayor: Kenneth Belden was elected by write-in with seven votes (100 percent). K. Belden will have to officially accept the position.

Council Members (5): Russell Richardson was elected with six votes, while Michele Belden and Doug Dyke were both elected by write-in with five votes and four votes, respectively. M. Belden and Dyke will have to officially accept the positions.

City of Horton

Commissioner of Finance: Tina Nigh is the winner with 154 votes (55.2 percent). Incumbent Kenneth Krug received 118 votes (42.3 percent).

Commissioner of Streets and Utilities: Carmela Boller is the winner with 189 votes (67.7 percent). Challenger Bobby Bacon received 78 votes (28 percent).

City of Morrill

Mayor: Roger Price was elected by write-in with 14 votes (36.8 percent). Other write-in candidates received 14 votes. Price will have to officially accept the position.

Council Members (5): Winning write-in candidates were Todd Gruber with 18 votes, Kevin Wikle with 14 votes, Brad Stolzenberger with 13 votes and Dan Halstead with 12 votes. For the fifth position, Duane Perry and Kenneth Beckner each received 10 votes. Write-in candidates will need to officially accept the positions.

City of Oneida

Mayor: Patrick Allen is the winner with 16 votes (100 percent).

Council Members (5): Joyce Russell was elected with 16 votes, while Shawn Branson, Carol Winkler and Kathe Vore were elected with 15 votes each. Angelia Steiner was the fifth winner with nine votes. One write-in candidate received two votes.

City of Powhattan

Mayor: Vickie Schuetz is the winner with 13 votes (52 percent). Lyle H. Chadwell received 12 votes (48 percent).

Council Members (5): Winners were Sharon L. Willey with 19 votes, Leroy Ward with 18 votes, Luke Pollock with 13 votes, Sean Horton with 12 votes and Norwood (Jim) Foster with 11 votes. Write-in candidates received 31 votes.

City of Seneca

Mayor: Joe Mitchell is the winner with 636 votes (96.1 percent). Write-in candidates received 26 votes.

Treasurer: Kathy O’Brien is the winner with 670 votes (99.8 percent). One write-in candidate received one vote.

Ward 1 Council Member: Kylee Bergstrom is the winner with 138 votes (100 percent).

Ward 2 Council Member: Alice M. Lackey is the winner with 246 votes (99.5 percent). One write-in candidate received one vote.

Ward 3 Council Member: James P. Mitchell is the winner with 271 votes (99.6 percent). Write-in candidates received two votes.

City of Robinson

Mayor: Mark Lieneman was the winner with 58 votes (92.1 percent). One write-in candidate received two votes.

Council Members (5): Winners were Arthur Malott with 46 votes and David Taylor with 37 votes. Write-in candidates received 147 votes. The three winning write-in candidates were Jordan Traxler with 38 votes, Phillip Folsom with 24 votes and Steven Brown with 22 votes. Write-in candidates will have to officially accept the positions.

City of Wetmore

Mayor: Jason Claycamp is the winner with 67 votes (72.8 percent). Write-in candidates received 25 votes.

Council Members (5): Winners were Michelle Cochran with 69 votes, Ed Nott with 57 votes and Curtis Goodman with 41 votes. Dean Osterhaus and Harlan Suther were elected by write-in with 11 votes and 10 votes, respectively. Write-in candidates will have to officially accept the positions.

Area School Board Elections

Prairie Hills USD No. 113: Nemaha, Brown, Jackson and Marshall counties

Position 2: Stan Keim is the winner with 903 votes (96.9 percent) in Nemaha County, 82 votes (100 percent) in Brown County, five votes (62.5 percent) in Jackson County and 138 votes (100 percent) in Marshall County. There were 29 write-in votes in Nemaha County and nine write-in votes in Brown County.

Position 4: Anissa Bloom is the winner with 670 votes (56.1 percent) in Nemaha County, 47 votes (44.3 percent) in Brown County, eight votes (100 percent) in Jackson County and 224 votes (94.1 percent) in Marshall County. Doug Renyer received 523 votes (43.8 percent) in Nemaha County, 57 votes (53.8 percent) in Brown County, zero votes in Jackson County and 14 votes (5.9 percent) in Marshall County. There was one write-in vote in Nemaha County.

Position 6: Phillip Buessing is the winner with 926 votes (99.8 percent) in Nemaha County, 83 votes (78.3 percent) in Brown County, six votes (75 percent) in Jackson County and 228 votes (100 percent) in Marshall County. There were four write-in votes in Brown County.

Nemaha Central USD No. 115: Nemaha and Marshall Counties

Position 1 (Unexpired Term): Amy Sudeck was declared the winner with 245 votes (67.1 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County. Doug Dalinghaus received 120 votes (32.9 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County.

Position 2: Cara Baker is the winner with 121 votes (58.2 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County. Challenger Troy Lewis received 78 votes (37.5 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County. Challenger Tony Szymankowski received nine votes (4.3 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County.

Position 4: Jason Kramer is the winner with 235 votes (97.9 percent) in Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County. There were five write-in votes in Nemaha County.

Position 6: John Deters is the winner with 235 votes (98.7 percent) in Nemaha County and four votes in Marshall County. There were three write-in votes for Nemaha County and zero votes in Marshall County.

Hiawatha USD No. 415: Brown County

Position 4: Roni Tietjens is the winner with 623 votes (87.3 percent). Write-in candidates received 23 votes.

Position 5: Jacquelyn Kerl is the winner with 354 votes (49.6 percent). Andrea Groth received 337 votes (47.2 percent). Write-in candidates received three votes.

Position 6: Jim Robidoux is the winner with 352 votes (49.3 percent). Jeff Moore received 180 votes (25.2 percent) and John F. Hoschouer received 163 votes (22.8 percent).

Horton USD No. 430: Brown County and Jackson County

Position 4: Katelyn Ross is the winner with 493 votes (88 percent) in Brown County and two votes (66.7 percent) in Jackson County. Write-in candidates received six votes in Brown County and zero in Jackson County.

Position 5: Shelby Rice is the winner with 395 votes (70.5 percent) in Brown County and two votes (66.7 percent) in Jackson County. Jared Wilson received 149 votes (26.6 percent) in Brown County and zero votes in Jackson County.

Position 6: Sarah Stirton is the winner with 225 votes (40.2 percent) in Brown County and one vote (33.3 percent) in Jackson County. Kayla Thorson received 196 votes (35 percent) in Brown County and zero votes in Jackson County. Shelly Smith received 116 votes (20.7 percent) in Brown County and one vote in Jackson County.

Other Elections

Meadowlark Extension District No. 7

Board Positions (2): Winners are Marya Haverkamp with 1,956 votes (55 percent) and Marcia Bauerle with 1,598 votes (44.9 percent). Write-in candidates received four votes.

Heather Stewart195 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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