Well, the people have spoken. Lawrence voters have created what may be the first female-majority City Commission in its history.
Lisa Larsen and Jennifer Ananda got the top votes for Lawrence City Commission. It’s the first time we’ve had two women at the top of the votes. That doubles the 2016 election when Leslie Soden was the only woman who ran for commission.
This year two ran and won the confidence in Lawrence. Larsen and Herbert were re-elected while Ananda will replace Mike Amyx who did not seek re-election. Lawrence City Commission had Larsen at more than 8,000 votes with Ananda and Matthew Herbert not far behind, averaging 6,000 votes.
Baldwin City had current Mayor Marilyn Pearse run against Casey A. Simoneau. In a close vote, Simoneau took the seat from Pearse as the new mayor.
This election had Eudora City Commission ending neck to neck. Tim Reazin had reason to think he might win but with 9 more votes, Jolene M. Born came out the winner.
As far as taxes go, Douglas County had three questions to vote on. Transit, affordable housing and infrastructure sales tax. They are all expected to be renewed for the new year.
Lecompton City Council also had an incredibly close race with Tim J. Mcnish winning by eight votes.