Incumbents dominate Johnson County school board races

Voters favored incumbents in Kansas school board races Tuesday.
Voters favored incumbents in Kansas school board races Tuesday. KRT

Voters favored incumbents in Kansas school board races Tuesday.

They will go back to their boardrooms after campaigns that fretted over Topeka budget cuts, technology costs and, in some cases, administrative turmoil at home.

Olathe: Current board president LeEtta Felter easily regained her seat in her race with newcomer Jim Poe to represent District 1.

In final unofficial Johnson County results, Felter won with 69 percent to 31 percent for Poe.

In the race for the at-large seat, Joe Beveridge pulled out a much tighter race over Robyn Essex, with Beveridge getting 52 percent to 48 percent for Essex.

Incumbent Rick Schier and newcomer Shannon Wickliffe were unopposed.

Deborah Daniels in District 1 and Harlan Parker, who currently holds the at-large position, did not run for re-election.

Shawnee Mission: Sara Goodburn will be returning to the board, holding off challenger Mark Ellis in the Position 1 race. Goodburn picked up 53 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Ellis.

Nine percent of the votes in Position 1 were write-in ballots, where Chris Cindric ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign.

Two newcomers were battling for the at-large seat, with Brad Stratton defeating Elizabeth Rulo 66 percent to 33 percent.

Incumbents Patty Mach and Deb Zila were unopposed. Joan Leavens, who is currently serving at-large, did not run for re-election.

Blue Valley: Two incumbents sailed to victory in their battles to return to the school board.

Current board president Pam Robinson rolled over challenger Alana Roethle 80 percent to 20 percent.

Cindy Bowling easily defeated former Gardner City Council member Larry Fotovich. Bowling got 88 percent to Fotovich’s 12 percent.

Incumbent Tom Mitchell and newcomer Patrick J. Hurley were unopposed. Tony Thill, the incumbent in Position 2, did not run for re-election.

De Soto: Mitch Powers won a tighter race to retain his seat against challenger Jeff King. Powers won 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for King in the final official results.

The fight between two newcomers for the at-large seat was just as tight. Kevin Makalous defeated Dustin Keith 55 percent to 45 percent.

Incumbents Bill Fletcher and Angela Handy were unopposed. At-large incumbent Tim Blankenship did not run for re-election.

Gardner Edgerton: New faces won positions as voters made choices in three wide-open races.

Kristen Schultz coasted in the Position 1 race over Mindy Jo Wymer 68 percent to 32 percent.

Greg Chapman pulled out a tight race over Karen Casey for Position 2, winning with 52 percent to Casey’s 48 percent.

And Robin Strentz rolled in the at-large race against Shaun Henderson 74 percent to 26 percent.

Incumbents James Repshire, Mary Herbert and Mark Grannell did not run.