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Beard new mayor, bond issue fails
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
3/3/2015 8:11:19 PM

Justin Beard
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

Newkirk voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide two issues, the Newkirk mayor’s race and a $4.4 million school bond issue to finance and construct a new gymnasium/event center.

In the mayor’s race, Newkirk voters elected Justin Beard as the mayor for the next three years.

Beard received 288 votes defeating Brian Hobbs and Mike Jones for the three year seat.

Hobbs received 125 votes and Mike Jones 21 votes.

In the school bond issue, Newkirk and Braman voters rejected the issue that would have built a new gymnasium/event center  by a 261-250 vote.

The issue received 48 percent of the vote but needed 60 percent to pass.

Tuesday was the second time in seven months that Newkirk and Braman area school patrons have defeated a school bond issue for a new gymnasium/event center/safe room.

The first time patrons voted on the school issue in August, the issue was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent.

In regards to the mayor’s race, the new mayor will take office Monday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the next Newkirk City Commission meeting.

Beard will join current commissioners Kirk Brown and Chuck Bloomfield as the three member governing board.

Current mayor Roy Chaney chose not to seek re-election.

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