The Leavenworth County Commission will expand to five members.

The Leavenworth County Commission will expand to five members.

A ballot question seeking to increase the commission from three members to five passed in Tuesday’s election, according to the unofficial results.

There were 15,662 “yes” votes in favor of the expansion, and 9,357 “no” 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 Commissioners.

The question was placed on the ballot in Leavenworth County after a group calling itself Give Me Five collected the necessary signatures earlier this year.

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, Janette Labbee-Holdeman, who helped spearhead the Give Me Five effort, argued that a five-member commission will provide better presentation to southern Leavenworth County as well as Lansing.

Now that the measure has passed, county commissioners will approve the boundaries for five commission districts.

The county will have a special election to determine who will fill the two additional commission seats.

Leavenworth County will become only the 14th county in the state to have a county commission with more than three members, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski.

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