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Brit wins Lucas election, but won't be allowed to serve

4/9/2013

By TIM UNRUH

By TIM UNRUH

Special to The Hays Daily News

LUCAS -- Adam Baker won an April 2 election for Lucas City Council, but the British citizen won't be helping to govern the small town in Russell County.

In a canvass of the election Monday morning, Russell County Clerk Mary Nuss certified Baker as the winner.

In a write-in campaign he said was organized by others, Baker received 62 votes, three more than incumbent Tamara Seirer for Position 1 on the council.

But because he is not a U.S. citizen, Baker is unable to serve in the position.

"The way they put it, I'm not a registered voter, because I'm not a citizen. Nothing about citizenship was brought up," said Baker, 32.

He attended the canvass Monday as did Seirer, Ellen Wenthe, another councilwoman, and two others from Lucas.

"Because he is not a qualified elector, it will go to a vacancy of the council," Nuss said.

Lucas Mayor Jennifer Bates will appoint someone to fill that vacancy, with council approval.

It's unlikely an appointment will be made until a letter of election certification is received from the county, said Kay Mettlen, Lucas city clerk.

Baker, the owner of a trucking company in Lucas, said he still was intrigued by the process and intends to someday run for public office, once he gains United States citizenship.

"If I'm still in the area, why not? I'd like to spend time trying to better the city," he said. "I'd like to be a part of helping it grow a little more, but it won't be for a couple of years yet."

Fewer than 500 people live in Lucas.

Asked if he campaigned for office, Baker said it all depends on how you define that action.

"I talked to a couple of my friends and told them there were people writing me in. I suppose you could say that," he said.

Baker didn't advertise or put "letters in doors," but he admitted to knocking on some.

"Yeah, I did, only people that I knew. Friends of mine," Baker said. "I think there were other people in town who did most of that."

Baker said a woman who works in the same office with him made some campaign calls, but not at his request.