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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Preisinger, Weakley, Moulden elected to commission seats

  • Two incumbents will be returning to the Leavenworth City Commission. And a former commissioner also was elected to a seat on the commission Tuesday.
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  • Two incumbents will be returning to the Leavenworth City Commission. And a former commissioner also was elected to a seat on the commission Tuesday.
    Three at-large seats on the commission were up for election. Current Commissioner Mark Preisinger finished first in the field of six candidates with 1,091 votes, or 22.3 percent. Former Commissioner Lisa Weakley came in second place with 828 votes, or nearly 16.9 percent. Current Commissioner Davis T. Moulden was in third place with 777 votes, or 15.8 percent.
    As the top two vote-getters, Preisinger and Weakley each were elected to four-year terms. As the third-place finisher, Moulden was elected to only a two-year term.
    These are unofficial votes results. The results will remain unofficial until the votes are canvassed Monday.
    Preisinger said he is looking to serving another four years on the commission and continuing to make Leavenworth a better place to live, work and invest.
    Preisinger said he is proud to represent the citizens of Leavenworth.
    "And I want to thank them for their support," he said.
    He believes the results of Tuesday's election affirms the positions he's taken as a commissioner.
    This will be Preisinger's second term on the commission.
    Lisa Weakley previously served two terms on the commission. But she took a break from the commission in 2011.
    Weakley said she Tuesday that is excited about returning to the commission.
    "There's always new challenges to look forward to," she said.
    He said the city may face financial challenges, but there also are a lot of positive things happening.
    Moulden said he's not bothered by the fact that he will be serving only a two-year term because he has no desire to be a professional city commissioner.
    "That is fine with me," he said.
    This will be Moulden's second term on the commission. He is finishing up a four-year term.
    Among the other candidates, Keith Melick finished in fourth place with 737 votes, or 15 percent. Charles Raney came in fifth place with 733 votes, or 14.9 percent. Phil Urban, who currently serves on the commission, finished in sixth place with 722 votes, or 14.7 percent.
    Disappointed with the results Tuesday night, Urban said he probably should have campaigned harder.
    He congratulated the candidates who were elected to the commission.
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