Danedri Thompson
There will be a shakeup at city halls in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill. All three cities will

Gardner voters turned out in force with 32 percent of registered voters casting ballots. County wide, only 9.7 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

have new faces sitting on their city councils soon.
Three newcomers earned seats on Gardner’s council – Chris Morrow, Dennis Pugh and Larry Fotovich. The three will replace outgoing members Todd Winters, Steve Hale and Dan Newburg on the Gardner council, if numbers hold when final tallies are approved on April 11.  Morrow received 18 percent of the votes; Dennis Pugh followed with 16 percent; and Fotovich received 13 percent.
Fotovich maintains a 10-vote lead over fourth-place finisher Jared Taylor with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
According to Brian Newby, Johnson County Election Commissioner, the ballots will be canvassed and official results finalized next Monday. Newby said Taylor could make up some votes when provisional ballots are counted on Monday, however he said it’s highly unlikely he could overcome the 10-vote spread.
“If I were (Taylor), I’d be keeping my fingers crossed, but I don’t expect that to happen,” Newby said.
Provisional ballots are sealed in bags at the election office until Wednesday morning. Until then, Newby said he doesn’t know how many provisional ballots exist.
In Edgerton, former Mayor Frances Cross will replace Ken Gillespie on the council. She’ll join incumbents Jody Brown and Clay Longanecker, who retained seats on the governing body. Cross earned 95 votes, while Longanecker and Brown each received 80. Gillespie earned 69 votes.
Incumbent Darrell Beck narrowly lost his seat on the council in Spring Hill, and two newcomers earned seats. Beck’s 99 votes fell three votes shy of the third-place finisher Floyd Koder’s 102 votes. Steven Ellis, an incumbent, earned 151 votes, and newcomer H. Clint Gillis, Jr., took 143 votes.
The Spring Hill School Board will also welcome new members. In the only competitive school board race on the ballot, Brent Hoffman beat John Carr for a position on the board. Doug Updike, who was unopposed, will join the board, as will incumbents Nels Anderson and Chuck Willis.
Only Johnson County votes are included in the totals.
Mary Herbert will retain her seat on the Gardner Edgerton Board of Education. She boasted 838 votes to newcomer Clint Newell’s  675. Other incumbents to the board include Tim Rayburn, Mark Grannell, and James Repshire.
Final election results will be available on April 11.  Unofficial results can be found here.
Local spring election results:
Gardner City Council
Jeff Barber    309
Larry Fotovich    446
Dustin Martin    208
Chris Morrow    609
Dennis Pugh    557
Tory Roberts    333
Bill Sutton    421
Jared Taylor    436
Edgerton City Council
Jody Brown    80
Frances Cross     95
Ken Gillespie    69
Clay Longanecker 80
Spring Hill City Council
Darrell Beck    99
Steven Ellis    151
H. Clint Gillis, Jr.    143
Floyd Koder    102
USD 231
Position 1
James Repshire    1,195
Position 2
Mary Herbert    838
Clint Newell    675
Position 3
Tim Rayburn    1,204
Position 7
Mark Grannell    1,251
USD 230
Position 1
John Carr        106
Brent Hoffman    282
Position 2
Nels Anderson    318
Position 3
Douglas Updike    315
Position 7
Chuck Willis    321