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Kansas decides 2023: Ratzlaff wins North Newton, more area election results
The 21-year City Council member wins the mayoral race in North Newton.
Updated: Nov. 7, 2023 at 10:07 p.m. This story will be updated (if necessary) as election results become available. Please check back for potential corrections.
On Tuesday, voters across the state of Kansas made their way to the polls for Election Day with the focus on local races.
With 100% of precincts reporting, The Collegian has called Ron Ratzlaff the winner of the North Newton mayoral election, defeating first-year resident Keith Schroeder with 80.27% of the vote. Ratzlaff spent 21 years on the City Council and 10 years as Council President.
In Wichita, KWCH 12 News, KAKE News, and KSN News have called the mayoral race for Libertarian challenger Lily Wu with 58% of the vote. She will unseat Democrat incumbent Brandon Whipple. 100% of precincts are reporting.
With this result, Wu will become the highest-ranking Libertarian office holder in the United States.
100% of precincts are reporting in the Newton City Commission race with Richard Stinnett (1,546 votes), Kathy Valentine (1,207), and Melanie Watson (1,073) as the top three vote-getters.
Elsewhere in Harvey County, Dennis Travis ran unopposed in the Halstead mayoral race. Susan Swartzendruber (619 votes), Larry E. Fuqua (494), and F.C. Moore (488) are the top three vote-getters in the Hesston City Council race.
In Sedgwick, Mark Jacob (207 votes), Joshua N. Liby (200), and Brenda K. DeHaven are the top three vote-getters in the City Council race.
In the Newton Public Schools Board race, Melissa Schreiber (1,532 votes), Ian Reid Anderson Long (1,324), Mallory Morton (1,320), and Ericia Stevens (1,231) are the top four vote-getters.
100% of precincts are reporting in all of these elections. For live updates on races in Harvey County, visit Harvey County Elections. For live updates on races across the state, visit the website of any local station.