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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • District judges retained

  • Voters in Leavenworth and Atchison counties gave their approval for three local judges during Tuesday’s election.
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  • Voters in Leavenworth and Atchison counties gave their approval for three local judges during Tuesday’s election.
    Judges in the 1st Judicial District, which is made up of Leavenworth and Atchison counties, are appointed. But they are subject to retention votes every four years. This year, voters were asked to decide if three district court judges, Gunnar Sundby of Leavenworth and Martin Asher and Robert Bednar of Atchison, should be retained as judges.
    Sundby received a total of 21,305 “yes” votes in the two counties in favor of retention, or 70.3 percent, and 8,991 “no” votes, or about 29.7 percent, according to unofficial results from the county clerks.
    In Leavenworth County, Sundby received 16,901 “yes” votes and 7,501 “no” votes. In Atchison County, he received 4,404 “yes” votes and 1,490 “no” votes.
    Asher received a total of 21,102 “yes” votes in the two counties, or about 70.7 percent, and 8,750 “no” votes, or 29.3 percent. In Leavenworth County, he received 16,478 “yes” votes and 7,371 “no” votes. In Atchison County, he received 4,624 “yes” votes and 1,379 “no” votes.
    Bednar received a total of 21,086 “yes” votes in the two counties, or about 70.5 percent, and 8.826 “no” votes, or 29.5 percent. In Leavenworth County, he received 16,523 “yes” votes and 7,442 “no” votes. In Atchison County, he received 4,563 “yes” votes and 1,384 “no” votes.
    Several judges from the Kansas Court of Appeals and one justice from the Kansas Supreme Court also appeared on ballots statewide for retention votes Tuesday. There were still some precincts in the state that had not reported votes by Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared the Supreme Court justice and Court of Appeals judges will be retained, according to unofficial results from the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.
    District judges in some parts of the state run for office in partisan elections every four years. Two years ago, a ballot measure asking voters in the 1st Judicial District to switch from the current appointment and retention system to one with elected judges failed to pass.

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