Incumbents lose in contested primary
It wasn’t a night for incumbents.
Tuesday’s late night unofficial results from the primary election indicate that two existing Ellis County office holders won’t be contenders for their seats in November’s general election.
First-time 2nd District Ellis County Commissioner Dustin Roths lost in the Republican runoff to newcomer Neal Younger.
First-time Ellis County Treasurer Lisa Schlegel lost in the Republican primary to newcomer and longtime county employee Vernon Ruder Jr.
The Ellis County commissioners will canvass the results to make them official at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main.
With a turnout of 37.18%, there were 6,691 ballots cast in Ellis County, according to Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus.
“That’s a heavy turnout for a primary,” Maskus said Wednesday.
Tuesday also saw numerous voters hand-deliver their mail-in ballots to one of the county’s nine polling locations.
Those ballots were being opened and the votes tabulated on Wednesday.
Maskus reported the county had 17,996 registered voters for the primary. Of the 9,104 Republicans registered, 5,018 cast ballots. Of the 3,873 Democrats registered, 1,673 voted.
Younger got 40% of the vote, to Roths’ 34%. Younger got 639 votes to 547 for Roths. Retired county health administrator Kerry McCue, who also ran for the seat, took 25% of the vote, with 405 votes.
In the bitter battle on the Republican ballot for Ellis County attorney, Robert Anderson Jr. took 65% of the vote, beating Christopher Lyon. Anderson got 2,958 votes, while Lyon got 1,597 votes.
In a tight Republican run-off for County Treasurer, longtime county employee Vernon Ruder Jr. edged out incumbent Lisa Schlegel and newcomer Sherry Dryden.
Ruder got 38% of the vote to Schlegel’s 32% and Dryden’s 30%. Ruder got 1,856 votes, Schlegel got 1,547, and Dryden had 1,448.
Ruder will face Democrat Julie Mercer in November. Mercer ran unopposed and got 1,194 votes.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot for county clerk was deputy county clerk Bobbi Dreiling, who got 4,117 votes.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot for sheriff was undersheriff Scott Braun, who received 4,441 votes.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot for register of deeds, incumbent Rebecca A. Herzog got 4,122 votes.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot for 3rd District county commissioner, incumbent Dean Haselhorst got 1,433 votes.
On the Republican ballot, longtime Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees beat incumbent Blake Bittel for 1st Division district judge in the 23rd Judicial District, which includes Ellis, Rooks, Gove and Trego counties.
Drees had 2,344 votes to Bittel’s 1,748. Kerry Wasinger got 762 votes.
Running unopposed, Republican Glenn Braun, longtime district judge for the 23rd Judicial District’s 2nd Division, got 4,276 votes.
Maskus reported that seven blank ballots were cast.
In the Democratic runoff for U.S. Senate, Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, with 1,366 votes, beat Robert Leon Tillman, who had 222 votes.
In the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, Roger Marshall beat out 10 opponents, taking more than 55% of the votes with 2,707 votes. His closest opponent was Bob Hamilton, with 927 votes.
In the Democratic runoff for U.S. representative, Kali Barnett beat Christy Davis, 936-543 votes.
In the Republican runoff for U.S. representative, Tracey Mann beat out three opponents, taking 53% of the vote with 2,519 votes.
On the Republican ballot for 40th District senator, unopposed incumbent Rick Billinger got 4,164 votes. In November he will face Democrat Larry Dreiling, who won unopposed with 1,423 votes.
On the Republican ballot for 110th District, unopposed incumbent Ken Rahjes got 716 votes.
On the Republican ballot for 111th District representative, unopposed incumbent Barb Wasinger got 3,406 votes. She’ll face off in November against Eber Phelps, who won uncontested on the Democratic ballot. Phelps got 1,301 votes.
On the Democratic ballot for 3rd District county commissioner, L.R. Boyd got 374 votes.
In the Democratic uncontested township races, the winners were: Allen Schmidt, 16 votes, treasurer Buckeye Township; and Florian Dome, 12 votes, treasurer Freedom Township.
In the Democratic uncontested races for precinct committeeman, the winners were: Isaac Vasquez, 37 votes, Hays City W1 P2; John M. Kelly, 57 votes, Hays City W2 P1; Henry Schwaller, 42 votes, Hays City W2 P2; Louis Caplan, 52 votes, Hays City W2 P3; Ed Harbin, 71 votes, Hays City W2 P4; Glenn Staab, 91 votes, Hays City W3 P2; Eber Phelps, 130 votes, Hays City, W3 P4; Dean Stramel, 121 votes, Hays City, W4 P4; and John T. Bird, 33 votes, North Big Creek.
In a contested race for Ellis City W1 committeeman, Philip H. Martin won with 63 votes, beating Chris Rorabaugh with 36 votes.
In the Democratic uncontested races for precinct committeewoman, the winners were: Laura Allen, 35 votes, Hays City W1 P2; Samantha Kelly, 58 votes, Hays City W2 P1; Michelle Armstrong, 49 votes, hays City W2 P2; Linda E. Feldstein, 53 votes, Hays City W2 P3; Trina M. Powell, 62 votes, Hays City W2 P4; Dorothy Staab, 88 votes, Hays City W3 P2; Janis K. Lee, 130 votes, Hays City W3 P4; and JoAnn Jennings, 35 votes, North Big Creek.
In the Republican uncontested races for precinct committeeman, the winners were: Chase Berg, 113 votes, Hays City W2 P1; Jerome Vajnar, 132 votes, Hays City W3 P1; Bradley R. Stramel, 250 votes, Hays City W3 P3; Mason R. Ruder, 158 votes, Hays City W4 P1; Errol G. Wuertz Sr, 292 votes, Hays City W4 P4; and Brent Gustin, 79 votes, Ellis Township.
In a contested race for Hays City W3 P4 committeeman, Vernon Ruder Jr. had 398 votes, beating John Pyle with 207 votes.
In the Republican uncontested races for precinct committeewoman, the winners were: Adele Shaver, 57 votes, Hays City W2 P3; Becky Pyle, 506 votes, Hays City W3 P4; Marcy McClellan, 147 votes, Hays City W4 P1; Ruth A. Legleiter, 212 votes, Hays City W4 P5; and Clare A. Gustin, 79 votes, Ellis Township.