By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — Newkirk voters went to the polls April 6, and elected former city commissioner Dereck Cassady as mayor.
The results are considered “unofficial” by the Kay County Election Board until 5 p.m. Friday.
Out of 319 votes cast in the mayoral election, Cassady received 181 votes, for 56.74 percent, while incumbent Brian Hobbs received 138 votes, for 43.26 percent of the vote.
Newkirk Public Schools Board of Education Office Number One was also vied for by Jeff Schieber and Landon Carpenter. Schieber won the seat. Out of 430 votes cast, Schieber received 253, for 58.84 percent of the vote, while Carpenter received 177 votes, for 41.16 percent.
Other elections also took place across the county.
Blackwell likewise had a mayoral race for an unexpired term, and voters chose T.J. Greenfield for the position with 650 votes, garnering 61.03 percent of ballots cast. Opponent Julie Green won 415 votes, for 38.97 percent.
Blackwell voters also chose Chad Shepherd for councilor of Ward Four, with 746 votes, or 70.18 percent of the vote. Opponent Steve Marquardt won 317 votes, for 29.82 percent.
Tonkawa also had two contests on the ballot. For city council member, Ward Number One, Charles Conaghan won in a landslide, with 305 votes, equating to 83.11 percent of ballots cast. Glenn M. Cope received 62 votes, for 16.89 percent. Tonkawa voters also chose Brian Bowling for Board of Education Office Number One, with 313 votes, or 78.64 percent of ballots cast. Mary Allan only won 85, for 21.36 percent.
For more information about Kay County elections, contact the Election Board at (580) 362-2130.