A longtime county employee has won the Republican nomination in the race for the 1st District of the Leavenworth County Commission.
A longtime county employee has won the Republican nomination in the race for the 1st District of the Leavenworth County Commission. And a Leavenworth city commissioner has won the Democratic nomination for the 1st District.
In the County Commission’s 2nd District, a community advocate won the Republican primary. There was not a contested Democratic primary for the 2nd District.
Jeff Culbertson, the director of the county’s Geographic Information Systems Department, won Tuesday’s Republican primary for the 1st District with 1,010 votes. Mike Carney received 480 votes. Charles Raney received 400 votes and Dave Spangler received 228 votes.
The vote tallies will remain unofficial until county commissioners canvass the results next week.
Culbertson lives in rural Easton.
Nancy Bauder, who serves on the Leavenworth City Commission, won the Democratic primary for the 1st District. She defeated her Democratic challenger, J. Glen Berry, by a vote of 887 to 330.
“I worked hard for it,” Bauder said of the nomination.
Bauder said she is ready to work for the people of Leavenworth County.
Culbertson and Bauder will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election. The winner will be elected to a four-year term.
The 1st District spans across much of the northern half of Leavenworth County and includes a portion of the city of Leavenworth. The district currently is represented by Commissioner Bob Holland, who is not seeking re-election.
In the 2nd District, Vicky Kaaz, Leavenworth, won the Republican primary. Kaaz, who describes herself as a community advocate, won the primary with 794 votes. Chad Schimke received 689 votes and Mike Spickelmier received 587 votes.
Kaaz said she believes people in the 2nd District are ready for a change.
Kaaz will face Democrat Linda Johnson in the November general election. Johnson did not face a Democratic challenger Tuesday.
Kaaz and Johnson are running to serve the remaining two years of an unexpired term.
Clyde Graeber was elected in 2016 to represent the 2nd District for a four-year term, but he resigned last year. Louis Klemp was appointed to temporarily fill the position. Klemp did not file as a candidate in this year’s election.
The 2nd District includes the city of Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.