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Mark HollandThe new mayor of the Unified Government will be Mark Holland, who won election April 2 with 56 percent of the vote. (Photo by William Crum)
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Ann MurguiaMayoral candidate Ann Murguia, left, visited with former Commissioner Don DeSeure at Murguia’s election night event April 2 at the FOP Lodge, 7844 Leavenworth Road. (Staff photo)
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Mark HollandThe mayor-elect of the Unified Government is Mark Holland, who won election April 2 with 56 percent of the vote. (Photo by William Crum)
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Ann MurguiaMayoral candidate Ann Murguia, right, visited with Maryann Flunder, left, at Murguia’s election night event April 2 at the FOP Lodge, 7844 Leavenworth Road. (Staff photo)
With 100 percent of the votes in, Mark Holland has won the mayoral election in Kansas City, Kan.
Holland received 56 percent of the vote to Ann Murguia's 43 percent.
When asked how it felt, Holland said, "It feels great. What a great hometown."
The mayor-elect is the pastor of Trinity Community Church, Kansas City, Kan., who has served as a Unified Government commissioner at large, 1st District, for six years. He received the endorsement of Mayor Joe Reardon and former Mayor Carol Marinovich during the campaign.
Murguia said while disappointed by the results, she wouldn't change anything. "I thought the experience was great," she said. She enjoyed meeting people, and she said she would concentrate her efforts on working in her district and on the commission, where she has served six years. She said she did not have much name recognition outside of her district before the campaign began.
About 20 percent of the registered voters cast ballots. The results are unofficial.
Holland received 9,323 votes to Murguia's 7,187.
In the Unified Government districts with contests this year, turnout was highest in District 5, which includes northwest Kansas City, Kan., and the Piper area, with 32 percent of registered voters casting a ballot. Turnout was the lowest in District 1, the northeast area, with 16 percent. Turnout in the Turner School Board election was 17.4 percent.
For Unified Government Commissioner, at large, District 2, Hal Walker won, 8,254 to Thomas (TJ) Reardon's 6,727.
For Unified Government Commissioner, District 1, Gayle E. Townsend won, 958 to 768, over Winfred Manning.
In the UG Commission, 5th District, incumbent Commissioner Mike Kane won over Jarvis Collier, 2,677 to 1,462.
For UG Commission, 7th District, incumbent Commissioner Thomas Cooley was upsetby Jim Walters, 1,471 to 1,017.
Only 40 votes decided one of the commission races. In the UG Commission, 8th District, incumbent Commissioner Butch Ellison was upset by Jane W. Philbrook, 1,116 to 1,076.
The turnover on the UG Commission will be half of the board. There will be five new faces on the UG Commission, as a commissioner is expected to be appointed to replace Holland in the District 1, at large, position.
For the open seat on the Board of Public Utilities, District 2, Thomas W. Groneman won 3,549 over John Fotovich, who had 1,812 votes.
In the BPU, at large, District 2 race, incumbent David Gibbs Alvey won 7,919 to Ernie Perry's 4,079.
For the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees, the winners were the incumbents, Cathy Breidenthal, 8,336; Wendell Maddox, 6,205;and John "J.D." Rios, 6,041. LaVert Murray received 5,418 votes; Catherine Durham, 5,249; and Steven M. Samuels, 2,894.
For the unexpired term on the Turner School Board, Douglas Lockwood won with 603 votes to Richard Hernandez Jr.'s 496 and Matthew D. Marine's 323.
Three Turner School Board candidates ran unopposed and were re-elected, Joy Beery, Dennis Peters Jr. and Steve Russell.
In the Piper School District, Allison C. DeWitt, 854; James Morris Letcher, 860; and Darrell Yoder, 1,116; won election to the board. John Droppelmann had 584 votes; Shawnette Mansfield, 706; and David R. Wilson, 741. There were no incumbents in this race.
For the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District, winning election were Ray L. Cox, 908; Jeff Tinberg, 1,045; and David Toland, 930. Jeff Barger received 766; and Chris McDonnell, 658.
For the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools board, Vicki Meyer received 5,608 votes; Evelyn Hudson, 4,448; and Richard Kaminski, 4,113. Janey Humphries received 3,276; Tyrone Garner, 2,527; and Orechia Towers, 1,218.
Bonner Springs has a new mayor tonight. Jeff Harrington received 760 votes; Jack Knight received 419.
For Bonner Springs Council, Ward 1, George Cooper won election by just seven votes, 137 to Don Beets' 130.
For Bonner Springs Council, Ward 2, Thomas Stephens had 113 votes to Ryan Beasley's 77.
For Bonner Springs Council, Ward 3, Rodger Shannon won election with 315 votes. Monica Shonkwiler had 41 and William R. Crum Jr., 29.
For Bonner Springs Council, Ward 4, Joe Peterson had 190 votes to Kenneth Crosby's 105.
John Tiny McTaggart won re-election as Edwardsville mayor, with 388 votes to Doug Spangler's 323.
For Edwardsville Council, Margaret Shriver, 343, and Jason T. Gillam, 338, were elected. Mark Bishop had 322 votes, and Bryan Smith, 252.
Wayne Hidalgo received 13 votes for Lake Quivira mayor.
Michael Olson had 10 votes and Brady Lilja, 9, for the Lake Quivira Council. Leon Rieke had 5 votes.
Three unopposed members of the Johnson County Water District received these votes in Wyandotte County: James Jim Vader, 7; Bob Reese, 6; and Brenda Cherpitel, 6.
Sheriff Don Ash, who was unopposed, won election with 12,956 votes.
Mary Gonzales, who was unopposed for BPU at large, District 1, received 10,844 votes.