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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Linaweaver tops Carson for county commissioner

  • Republican Linus L. Linaweaver finished on top of the race for county commissioner in the Dist. 2 in McPherson County Tuesday.
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  • Republican Linus L. Linaweaver finished on top of the race for county commissioner in the Dist. 2 in McPherson County Tuesday.
    A final count of 2,343 for Linaweaver left a gap of more than 29 percent over Democratic opponent Bob Carson, who ended the night with 1,283 votes. The winning candidate kept the distance at about 25 percent as ballots were counted through the evening.
    Linaweaver said he was happy with the results.
    "I feel pretty good about it," he said. "I just want to thank the voters for electing me."
    Linaweaver said he is pleased to be able to move forward.
    "I'm looking forward to working with the commissioners, the county administrators and the elected officials in the county," he said. "The county has been run pretty well in the last few years."
    He said he hopes to continue this trend.
    "I want to work with the commissioners and do what's best for the district," he said. "We need to hold the line on property taxes as much as we can. We have to do it as smart and in the cheapest way we can."
    Linaweaver called McPherson an "oasis" and mentioned its history of success.
    "We're very fortunate to live here," he said.
    Carson cites his party affiliation as a main reason for defeat. He was aware of the challenge he faced in a Republican-dominant area, and used a door-to-door and face recognition strategy to win voters.
    "I felt pretty good, I had a lot of support," he said of his thoughts going into Tuesday. "I really don't know what it was. I thought I was more well known in town. Anything can happen in an election."
    Looking forward, he plans to continue his work on the McPherson County Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals and bringing parcels into conformance. He does not plan to run again in the future.
    "It was a pretty clean campaign on both sides," he said.
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