Johnson margin in old-town De Soto difference in board race
A big win in De Soto’s oldest neighborhoods carried Randy Johnson to his slim five-vote re-election victory over Roger Templin in this month’s election for the USD 232 Position 4 seat.
Precinct results the Johnson County Election Office released in the last week show it was Johnson’s strength in De Soto precinct 1 of old-town De Soto west and north of Lexington Avenue where he had a 69-vote advantage over Templin (166 to 95), while Margaret Johnson with a third with 50 votes.
Templin won in the two remaining De Soto precincts, topping the incumbent by 17 votes of precinct 2 or the area between Kill Creek Road and Lexington Avenue and eight votes in precinct 3 of the city west of Kill Creek.
Margaret Johnson did will De Soto precinct 6 of Clearview City, but only six resident voted in the race.
Templin also won in Shawnee with 38.6 percent of the vote compared to Randy Johnson’s 35.3 percent and Margaret Johnson’s 26.1 percent. In a reflection of the tight contest, the two top contenders both got 52 votes in the Lenexa precincts.
Johnson also did well in the old-town precinct 1 in his bid to unseat De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson. However, the 34-vote margin he built there wasn’t enough to withstand Anderson’s large wins in precincts 2 and 3.
De Soto voters joined Shawnee in supporting USD 232 Board of Education Position 6 challenger Tammy Thomas over incumbent Larry Meyer and high school student Tim Needham. Thomas carried De Soto with 57 percent of the vote, winning in all precincts. Meyers did win in Lenexa.
De Soto and Shawnee voters split however in the USD 232 Position 5 race. De Soto voters went for challenger Kevin Straub in two of the three precincts while more than 60 percent of Shawnee voters supported incumbent Janine Gracy over the current Shawnee City Councilman.