The director of the county’s Geographic Information Systems Department and a community advocate have been elected to the Leavenworth County Commission.

The director of the county’s Geographic Information Systems Department and a community advocate have been elected to the Leavenworth County Commission.

Jeff Culbertson, a Republican from rural Easton, was elected Tuesday as the next commissioner from the 1st District.

He defeated Democrat Nancy Bauder.

Culbertson received 4,186 votes. Bauder received 3,275 votes.

The results from the County Clerk’s Office will remain unofficial until the vote totals are certified next week by the Board of County Canvassers.

“I’m anxious to get to work,” Culbertson said.

As a commissioner, Culbertson said he wants to “stop the bleeding” in terms of the county spending money on litigation.

Culbertson currently works as the director of the county’s GIS Department, but he will retire from this job at the end of the month. He will begin serving on the County Commission in January.

Culbertson will replace Commissioner Bob Holland, who did not seek re-election.

The 1st District includes Easton and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.

In the 2nd District, Republican Vicky Kaaz defeated Democrat Linda Johnson. Kaaz received 4,298 votes. Johnson received 3,244 votes.

Kaaz, who lives in Leavenworth, describes herself as a community advocate.

“I’m pleased and looking forward to working with the citizens of Leavenworth County,” Kaaz said. “I’m excited to get started.”

She was elected to serve the remaining two years of an unexpired term in the 2nd District.

The 2nd District includes Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.

Clyde Graeber was elected to a four-year term in the 2nd District in 2016. But he resigned from the commission last year. Louis Klemp was appointed to temporarily fill the position. Klemp did not file this year as a candidate for the seat.

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