Canvass to decide USD 232 Position 4 race
Unofficial results from Tuesday’s De Soto USD 232 Board of Education election show a tight race in Position 4, a race that so far has come down to a four-vote difference.
When unofficial results were released, incumbent Randy Johnson had leading Roger Templin by a count of 894 to 890. Johnson received 38.57 percent of the vote compared to Templin’s 38.40 percent. Margaret Johnson received 22.9 percent of the votes. Position 4 includes small portions of west Shawnee and west Lenexa, De Soto and the unincorporated areas south and west of De Soto. However, all three of Tuesday’s races were open to all district voters.
An official with the Johnson County Election Office said provisional ballots would be considered during a canvass Monday.
Provisional ballots are those that have changes in address, name or the wrong voting place. It was unknown how many provisional ballots were in the De Soto race. But official results could come as early as Monday.
Randy Johnson said Tuesday that the contest was closer than he expected. He added the support for change in other board races meant a great deal.
“This will help the students and teachers and faculty,” he said. “And that’s what we are supposed to stand for. It has everything to do with the students, teachers and faculty.”
Templin said he was waiting for official results and guidance on the determination of the election from the election office.
“I’m just sitting tight and hopefully we’ll get guidance on what will happen,” he said. “At this point, the votes are inconclusive.”
Tammy Thomas beat Position 6 incumbent Larry Meyer with 50.92 percent of the vote. Meyer secured 39.56 percent, while Tim Needham had 9.52 percent. Position 6 covers part of Shawnee and a small area of Lenexa.
Thomas said she was honored to be able to represent district patrons.
“I just can’t put into words what this means,” she said. “I am honored to receive someone’s vote — that someone would think so much of me to let me represent them. The patrons, students and teachers are in the forefront of my thoughts.”
In the Position 5, Shawnee, race incumbent Janine Gracy secured 57.29 percent of the vote over Kevin Straub’s 42.63 percent.
Gracy said while the race was interesting, her platform stood the test in terms of voter confidence.
“By keeping it learning-centered and about the kids and about public education being the cornerstone of the community,” she said. “As a board member, you have to be concerned about all kids in our district. I’m happy to be able to represent the patrons for another four years.”