Daily Archives: Aug. 4, 2010

Recalled Ohio Township trustee says she will explore options

A Sedgwick County township trustee says she will look at all her options after voters recalled her this week.

The petition to recall Ohio Township trustee Cristine Watson said Watson moved township funds into an account that only she had access to, denying the township treasurer the ability to pay bills.

State law sets out three grounds for recall — conviction of a felony, misconduct in office and failure to perform duties.

Deputy District Attorney Ann Swegle said in a March 26 letter to Election Commissioner Bill Gale that she had reviewed four petitions seeking to recall Watson.

“It is my opinion that the fourth petition does state sufficient grounds for recall as required by law,” Swegle said.

She said the fact that Watson moved township funds “can reasonably be construed to allege misconduct in office.”

Watson called the recall  bogus and said the township’s treasurer “was always capable of paying bills.”

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4 Kansas GOP winners rally for November

From the Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — The four winners of Kansas’ Republican congressional primaries wasted no time Wednesday beginning their campaigns for the general election and efforts to restore trust among voters.

During a rally at the Statehouse, they took direct aim at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even describing the event as the start of Pelosi’s retirement party.

“It’s a referendum on the status quo. Nancy Pelosi is a symbol of that status quo,” 3rd District hopeful state Rep. Kevin Yoder said of the California senator.

Yoder was joined by Mike Pompeo of Wichita, who won the 4th District primary, state Sen. Tim Huelskamp of Fowler from the 1st District and Rep. Lynn Jenkins of the 2nd District.

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Provisional ballots to be counted Monday in Sedgwick County commission race

Sedgwick County election commissioner Bill Gale has heard today from both Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and former Wichita City Council member Sharon Fearey about their close race in the Democratic primary for county commission.

Faust-Goudeau won the primary for the District 4 seat by 60 votes. About 1,200 provisional ballots will be counted Monday by Sedgwick County officials, Gale said today.

He said Faust-Goudeau and Fearey had called him asking if the outcome of the results could change.

Gale said that could happen but is unlikely because provisional ballots typically follow voting trends. Two factors typically change an outcome, he said: An exceptionally close race and a lot of provisional ballots.

He doesn’t think that’s the case in this race, though he stopped short of saying so definitively.

The canvass will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the historic courthouse, 510 N. Main.

At this point, Faust-Goudeau will face political newcomer Richard Ranzau in November.