An incumbent and a newcomer, both Republicans, will both take seats on the Leavenworth County Commission following Tuesday’s election.
An incumbent and a newcomer, both Republicans, will both take seats on the Leavenworth County Commission following Tuesday’s election. Clyde Graeber garnered 5,267 votes to win over his opponent, Democrat Donald Terrien, who received 3,033 votes, to win a third term representing the commission’s 2nd District, which is roughly the central eastern portion of the county that includes the city of Lansing and the southern portion of Leavenworth. Tonganoxie City Councilman Dennis Bixby also prevailed, winning 6,589 of the votes to win over his opponent, Democrat and former Tonganoxie city administrator Mike Yanez, for a chance to fill the 3rd District seat vacated by outgoing Commissioner John Flower. Yanez garnered 3,953 votes. The 3rd District includes the portion of the county south of Dempsey Road. Graeber said he was happy to be sent back to the commission for four more years. “I just appreciate the support of the people of Leavenworth County,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with the new commissioner and continuing to do the county’s business.” Bixby said his victory was the result of a lot of hard work on his part and from those who helped with his campaign. With the election now behind him, he said he was looking forward to getting to work. “I want to be a full-time commissioner for the whole county, not just the paved roads, but the back, dusty country ones,” he said.