Results of city general election: Olson defeats Smith in mayor’s race

Tuesday’s Marion County city general election saw average to above average voter turnout in Burns and Marion, but low percentages in Hillsboro.

An election official said both Wards I and II in Hillsboro each had only one uncontested city council seat, which probably accounted for the 5 percent voter turnout in both wards.

In Burns, four people were running for only three council seats, prompting a higher turnout of 27 percent.

In the city of Marion, the incumbent mayor?s seat was being challenged by a current member of the city council and three people were vying for two council positions making it the highest turnout in the county at 35 percent.

The following are unofficial results from all races:

CITY OF MARION MAYOR:

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? Mary Olson, 226

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? Steven L. Smith, 192

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CITY OF MARION COUNCIL:

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? Gerald (Jerry) D. Kline, 206

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? Chris Meierhoff, 314

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? Richard Varenhorst, 210

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HILLSBORO CITY COUNCIL

FIRST WARD

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? Shelby Dirks, 35

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SECOND?WARD

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? Byron McCarty, 40

BURNS CITY COUNCIL

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? Roland Boesker, 13

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? Daniel S. Huls II, 19

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? Patricia Nystrom, 18

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? Andrew Selley, 25

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The number of voters casting ballots in Burns, Marion and Hillsboro was tallied at 535 out of a possible 2,982 eligible voters for an overall turnout of 18 percent in spring general election.

Eligible voters in Hillsboro totaled 1,655 (759 in Ward I and 896 in Ward II). Thirty-six voters cast their ballot with three voting in advance in Ward I, and 34 ballots were cast, with nine advance ballots, in Ward II.

Burns had 97 eligible voters with 27 voting Tuesday.

Marion had 1,228 eligible voters with 394 voters going to the polls and 32 casting advance ballots.

Marion County Election Officer Carol Maggard said there were seven provisional ballots, all in the city of Marion election, which could change the unofficial outcome in the council race.

The official results will not be announced until after the Marion County Commissioners canvass votes at 8 a.m. Monday, April 12.

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