Butler County Times Gazette
  • ELECTION UPDATE: Locke responds to winning commission seat

  • A new commissioner will be taking office with the El Dorado City Commission.
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  • A new commissioner will be taking office with the El Dorado City Commission.
    Chase Locke won Position 1 with 1,220 votes or 65.8 percent over Shane Krause, who received 634 votes or 34.2 percent.
    "I am so proud to be representing the community and I am very overwhelmed by everyone's support," Locke said. "I am so excited and pumped for this community and the potential we have, and I am so excited to get in there."
    He said there was a lot to learn and he is looking forward to beginning that process.
    "I am very thankful and appreciative to Shane (Krause) for his service to the community the last four years and for running a good campaign," Locke continued.
    Looking ahead, Locke is "excited to work side by side with the folks here in El Dorado and maintaining all the wonderful things in our community and building upon that. This is a wonderful time to be living in a community like El Dorado. "We have a lot to be proud of and we should all be excited."
    In addition, Nick Badwey was re-elected, running unopposed in the race.
    For USD 490, the top three candidates were Bernie Spradling with 1,246 votes, Vicki Coash with 1,031 votes and newcomer Scott Starkey with 1,026 votes. Leon Leachman was not re-elected to the board, receiving 991 votes.
    For the Butler Community College Board of Trustees, Tom McKibban, Jim Wilson and James Howell were all elected to their seats. They all ran unopposed.
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