ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide winners in Hillsboro, Peabody, Ramona, Florence and Goessel contested races

Results from Tuesday’s local elections in Marion County saw a 30 percent voter turnout based on 7,840 eligible voters with 2,357 casting ballots, according to Tina Spencer, election officer.

Voters decided on school board and city council members, improvement and drainage districts and two special questions.

“A 30 percent voter turnout is good for city and school elections, which usually averages between 13-15 percent,” Spencer said.

In Hillsboro, voters eyed a key race for mayor with Lou Thurston the preliminary winner with 520 votes to Charlotte A. Kennedy Takahashi’s 200 votes. Eligible voters in Hillsboro totaled 1,688 with 39 percent voter turnout in Ward I and 40 percent turnout in Ward II, Spencer said.

Other contested races were in Peabody for mayor and school board, Florence city council positions, Goessel council positions, Ramona city council positions, and Centre School District board members.

In the Ramona city council race, five positions were open with six candidates filing, along with other active write-in campaigns.

Election results are unofficial until after the Marion County Commissioners have canvassed the votes on Monday, Nov. 13.

The following are preliminary results from contested races around the county:

Hillsboro mayor

—Lou Thurston, 520

—Charlotte A. Kennedy Takahashi, 200

Peabody mayor

—Stephen Rose, 61

—Larry K. Larsen, 93

Ramona City Council (five positions open)

—Billy E. Alcorn, 25

—Jayme Brunner, 18

—Mark Lockhart, 26

—Arthur Stroda, 25

—Benjamin S. Calvert, 19

—Rohani C. Alcorn, 18

Florence mayor

—Robert B. Gayle Jr., 88

Florence City Council Ward I (one position)

—John Branson, 30

—Kenneth W. Hoffman, 42

Florence City Council Ward II (one position)

—Natasha Brenzikofer-Craig, 6

—Matt Williams, 57

Goessel mayor

—Dave Schrag, 75

Goessel City Council (two positions)

—Michael Jost, 40

—Duane Adrian, 58

—Evan Esau, 66

• USD 397 Centre Schools (Position 4)*

—Yvonne Burhoop

—Richard Lee Basore

*Results are entirely in Morris County. No information was available Tuesday in Marion Count

USD 397 Centre Schools (Position 5)*

—Sherri Pankratz, 49

—Eric Carlson, 56

*Results will still be coming in from Chase County because the position is in both counties, but primarily in Marion County.

USD 397 Centre Schools (Position 6)*

—Jeffrey Dean Bina, 39

—Heather Steiner, 41

*Results are all in Marion County, with the exception of provisionals.

USD 398 Peabody-Burns (Positions 4, 5, 6 At Large)

—Hope Reynolds, 118

—Shayla Clark, 192

—Tiana Gaines, 207

—Julia Ensminger, 165

BALLOT QUESTION: Should Marion County should create a county administrator position, the vote was 1,192 opposed and 962 in favor.

All election results will be published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Free Press.