Republican challenger Bob Voegele defeated Democratic incumbent Gary Wilson for the Cowley County Commission District 2 seat Wilson has held for 12 years, according to preliminary unofficial voting results for Cowley County.

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Voegele received 1,785 votes, or 54.9 percent, to Wilson’s 1,461, or 44.9 percent.

Fellow challenger James Karasek, a Democrat, was not as fortunate, falling to County Commissioner Alan Groom, R-Winfield, in the District 3 race.

Groom received 3,220 votes, or 72 percent, and Karasek had 1,227, or 27.55 percent.

Republicans also were poised to win Arkansas City’s two legislative seats, according to preliminary results from the Kansas secretary of state’s office.

Winfield’s Larry Alley collected 62 percent of the vote for Senate District 32, with 131 of 139 precincts reporting, while Oxford Democrat Don Shimkus had just 38 percent.

“We did it! I’m looking forward to getting to work for the people of Kansas. Thank you for your prayers and your votes,” Alley posted to his campaign Facebook page late Nov. 8.

Arkansas City Republican Anita Judd-Jenkins, who defeated incumbent Kasha Kelley in the August primary, received 4,557 votes, or 69 percent.

Caldwell Democrat Michelle Schiltz had 2,079 votes, or 31 percent. In Cowley County, Schiltz received about 20 percent of the vote, with the other 10 percent going to write-in votes. Many citizens had launched a late write-in campaign on Kelley’s behalf to return her to office.

Of 19,634 registered voters in Cowley County, 12,429 cast votes in the general election — a turnout rate of 63.3 percent.

These results will not become official until canvassing at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield.

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