Every four years, the presidential election has a great chance to make the top 10 list. But in this year’s case, all of the events surrounding the different elections, as well as the results themselves pushed this story into the top spot.

Every four years, the presidential election has a great chance to make the top 10 list. But in this year’s case, all of the events surrounding the different elections, as well as the results themselves pushed this story into the top spot.

2008 became the year of change, with U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. claiming the presidency in a resounding victory. But change wasn’t limited to the presidential race — in the race for the District 2 seat for the Kansas House of Representatives, Lynn Jenkins bested Nancy Boyda by running on a “Washington is broken,” platform.

The pace for the local election season may have actually been set in October of 2007, when Frontenac voters elected to approve a $1.25 million project for a Public Safety Center and renovations to City Hall by just one vote — 245-244.

Those same Frontenac voters turned out to be the difference in the four-way Crawford County Commission race in the August 2008 Primary Election, pushing Linda Grilz past John Kovacic in a close race.

In the November General Election, Reps. Julie Menghini and Bob Grant kept their spots in contested races, and Bob Marshall, R-Fort Scott, defeated Patty Horgan, D-Pittsburg, to replace Jim Barone, D-Frontenac, in the Kansas Senate. Arma voters approved a sales tax increase to work on their roads as well.

Meanwhile, Crawford County saw some issues when a programming error led to a voting machine miscalculating the votes in several races, including in the too-close-to-call race for the Crawford County Attorney spot. In the end, following a machine and a hand recount, Michael Gayoso Jr. emerged as the victor.