Butler County Times Gazette
  • Candidates respond to election results

  • Candidates thank voters talk about important issues coming up.
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  • Kelly Herzet - Sheriff -- 21,470 votes
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    It really makes me feel good. I’m very humbled by the support that I have received through the primary and now the general election. I’m going to work very hard to be a very transparent sheriff and work very hard to keep Butler County safe.
    What are your goals for your next term?
    I’m still going to work hard to get the senior patrol up and running, along with the reserve program and do what I can with the resources I have available to combat the drug issue I have in Butler County.
     
    Marcia McCoy – Register of Deeds -- 21,463 votes
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    I was very pleased and very grateful. I just really appreciated the support. I was watching my numbers and that support is awesome. It is very humbling.
    What are your goals for your next term?
    To continue to provide our excellent and friendly service and to meet the needs of the public.
     
    Don Engels – County Clerk – 21,302 votes
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    It’s always good to have your constituents support you. Thank you to everybody who voted.
    What are your goals for your next term?
    First thing is I plan to run my office by Kansas statutes - strict compliance with the law. Of course, in these times efficiency is important, but being legal is more important. I invite everybody to come by my office and see me after Jan. 8.
     
    Ed Myers – County commission -- 4,050 votes
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    Of course I’m just extremely grateful for the voter support and I would just hope that my performance in office represents the voters adequately and serves Butler County in the best possible way.
    What are your goals for your next term?
    In general, this is reflective of my statements during the campaign. I do believe government should be kept small and society works the best when people are able to live and deal freely in a context of moral virtue and so just the basic values of integrity, honesty, keeping your word, personal responsibility – those are the things that should guide our life and I believe when those virtues are encouraged the people do best when they are left alone to pursue their interest and find ways they can contribute to the betterment of their own families and the people around them.
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    Charles Hart – District court judge
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    I appreciate the voters’ and the legal and court community’s confidence in me going forward into this new term of office.
     
    David Ricke – District court judge
    What did the support of the voters mean to you?
    I very much appreciate the judicial position that I have been entrusted with and I will continue to work hard to be fair, partial and efficient in the performance of my duty. I have great people to work with in the judicial centers in all three counties I serve.
     
    Others elected
    The following county officials were elected but were unable to be reached for comment:
    County Commissioner Peggy Palmer – 4,091 votes
    County Treasurer Ruth Fechter – 21,161 votes
    County Attorney Darrin Devinney – 20,847
     
    State results *
    U.S. Representative Dist. 4 - Mike Pompeo - 62 percent
    Mike Pompeo on his win: “Yesterday, the people of Kansas’ 4th Congressional District have once again placed their trust in me to represent them in Congress. I am deeply humbled and appreciate their vote. There are tremendous challenges facing our country that demand real solutions that place the needs of ordinary Kansans above those of Washington bureaucrats.”
     
    State Senate Dist. 14 – Forrest Knox - 72 percent
    Forrest Knox on his win: “In my race, I was very excited I had a very strong vote. As I looked across the board not many had such a strong vote in legislative races and around the nation. It’s a great district, great people. I think we’re going to have our work cut out for us, the numbers have been down a little in revenue. Certainly we are going to have our challenges.”
     
    State Senate Dist. 16 - Ty Masterson - 100 percent
    Ty Masterson on his win: “I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue working for the people of the 16th District. We have a lot of work to do energizing the economy, attracting new businesses to our area, growing more jobs, and making state government more efficient and responsive. I look forward to listening to your ideas and tackling these tough issues together.”
     
    State Representative Dist. 75 - Will Carpenter - 65 percent
    Will Carpenter on his win: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported me in the general election. Win or lose, without your votes, financial contributions and moral support - whether allowing signs or visiting with friends and neighbors about my candidacy, it’s been worth it. I am truly humbled by your support and pledge to continue to do my very best to support our communities.”
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    State Representative Dist. 85 - Steve Brunk - 67 percent
    Steve Brunk on his win: “Thanks so much to the voters in Benton Township for your support. When the legislature convenes in January, I will continue to work for traditional family values, individual liberty, promoting justice, and to enact those policies that will foster a pro jobs environment.”
     
    State Representative Dist. 12 - Virgil Peck - 67 percent
    Virgil Peck on his win: “We’ve got a lot of work to do as we continue the progress of stabilizing the Kansas economy and creating a tax climate that creates jobs for citizens. I believe several important issues, such as education finance reform, property tax relief, establishing a state emergency fund, etc., will be addressed during the next two years and I look forward to the challenge.”
     
    Others elected
    The following county officials were elected but were unable to be reached for comment:
    State Representative District 72 – Marc Rhoades – 60 percent of the votes; Glenda Reynolds – 40 percent
    State Representative District 99 – Dennis Hedke – 100 percent of the votes; he was unopposed
    State Representative District 77 – David Crum – 100 percent of the votes; he was unopposed
     
    * Election results are unofficial results from the State of Kansas and Butler County web sites.
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