It was a bad night for incumbents on the Pittsburg City Commission, as in unofficial results it appears that both sitting mayor Michael Gray and Commissioner John Ketterman have lost their seats. Incumbent Commissioner Patrick O’Bryan appears to have retained his.
Three seats were open, and the top three vote getters were Dawn McNay with 810, Sarah Chenowith with 613 and O’Bryan with 646.
Both Ketterman and Gray have been on the commission for several years. Ketterman had 520 votes and Gray had 540.
Frontenac and Girard saw some turnover as well with Linda Grilz apparently defeating incumbent Mayor Jim Kennedy 377 to 287.
In Girard, long-time Mayor Kurt Ziegler was roundly beaten by challenger Mickey Pyle in a three-way race. Pyle garnered 222 votes, Darrell J. Westhoff 194 and Ziegler only 91.
The Girard School Board race had two contested positions — several others had unopposed candidates — Position 5 was won by Patricia “Peggy” Marshall with 631 votes and Position 6 by was won by Kelly Peak with 436 votes.
The Frontenac at-large school board seat was won by Mark Coomes with 380 votes.
The Pittsburg school district had three at-large positions open as well and incumbent B.J. Harris, who has taken a position with the Lawrence Convention and Visitor's Bureau, received 935 votes, Amber Madl received 978 and a write in candidate won the third position.
For full results see http://www.crawfordcountykansas.org/uploads/6/2/7/8/62784259/cg2017unofficial_final_no_writein.pdf
The results remain unofficial until certified by the Crawford County Commission.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.