The Johnson County Election Canvass Board confirmed Monday that longtime Shawnee Mission School Board member Cindy Neighbor did not receive enough votes to face off against newcomer Heather Ousley in the November race for her at-large seat.
Last week in a primary, Ousley emerged as a clear frontrunner in the election to narrow the field to two candidates for the November general election. Final results released Monday show the civil rights attorney earning 42.3 percent of the vote.
The battle for second was much tighter. Neighbor, who has served on the board since 1997, was seven votes behind first-time candidate Mandi Serrone Hunter in unofficial results tallied on election night.
Hunter’s lead over Neighbor increased by more than a dozen votes on Friday after the election board tabulated advance mail ballots. On Monday, the Election Canvass Board convened to tally provisional ballots and finalize the election results.
According to the final results, Hunter, who is also an attorney, received 20.8 percent of vote, edging Neighbor, who received 20.7 percent of the vote, by a total of 14 votes.
Neighbor had told The Star last week on primary night that she was prepared to accept the final outcome of the election.
“I respect what has come before us,” she said. “Frankly, I am committed to Shawnee Mission and what it’s doing. I’m happy with what I have done and where I’ve been.”