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Mayoral race results for El Dorado, Haysville, Goddard, Maize

  • Published Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11:57 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.

Correction: An incorrect pronoun was used in conjunction with Clair Donnelly in a previous version of this story.

El Dorado

In a close race for mayor of El Dorado, Mike Fagg, a former El Dorado city commissioner, leads John Grange, a former state legislator, by eight votes, 968 to 960.

That total does not include provisional ballots, which are cast by voters whose eligibility is in question. Provisional ballots will not be counted until Monday. The number of provisional ballots in the election was unavailable Tuesday evening.

Fagg, 58, who leads the election, is a lifelong resident of El Dorado and said city government spending is his top concern.

Aside from four years of experience as El Dorado City Commissioner, Fagg said he is new to the position.

He hopes he will be able to hold onto his slim lead after the provisional ballots are counted, he said.

“Just winning by eight votes isn’t too big of a spread, but I’m elated to be here,” Fagg said. “It’ll all shake out and what happens, happens.”

Grange, 63, is an advocate of transparent government and pledged to write bi-weekly columns in the El Dorado Times to keep residents informed on City Hall happenings.

In a primary election on Feb. 26, Grange edged Fagg by 102 votes. But when the votes were counted Tuesday, Fagg came out on top by single digits.

“Down eight is kind of tough to take right now,” Grange said. “But it’s never over till it’s over. I’m still confident there’s a chance we’ll be there.”

Since the margin of victory is so narrow, election officials said they are hesitant to declare a winner in this election until Monday.

Haysville

Bruce Armstrong, 63, will once again serve as mayor of Haysville after capturing 477 or 60 percent of the votes Tuesday, defeating incumbent mayor Kenneth Hampton, 59, who finished with 221 votes.

Edward Pokorski, 70, took a distant third place in the race, with 84 votes.

Armstrong, who had previously served as mayor from 2000 to 2008, said he decided to run again because the value of property in the city has dropped in recent years.

“Our commercial, residential and industrial growth had stymied – the value of the city dropped from about $55 million to $53 million,” Armstrong said. “The residents felt I could do the best job at growing.”

A retired banker with a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking, Armstrong said his main focus is to improve residential and commercial development in Haysville.

“We’re going back to develop this city and re-energize it,” Armstrong said. “The first thing to do is get everyone on the same page on growing the town.”

Armstrong has been a Haysville resident for 55 years.

Goddard

Incumbent Goddard mayor Marcey Gregory, 51, won re-election over newcomer Shawn Lux, 38, on Tuesday, capturing 214 votes or 72 percent of the total.

Gregory, who has held the position since 2007, ran on a platform focused on growing the local economy while keeping tax rates low.

Gregory is the co-owner of MG Ventures, LLC, a property management company.

Maize

Incumbent mayor Clair Donnelly, 77, won re-election over automotive shop owner Thomas Reed, 51, receiving 198 of the 309 votes cast Tuesday.

Reed garnered 110 of those votes, and a write-in candidate had one vote.

Donnelly, a Wichita North High School graduate, has served as mayor for the past ten years. He said he hopes to lower the mill levy in his next term, and to improve the city’s water resources for the future.

Compiled by Matt Riedl

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