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The Eudora School Board will have a very similar look to it for the next two years as all the incumbents that ran won their respective seats. Re-elected to the Eudora School Board were Joe Pyle, Belinda Rehmer and Mark Chrislip. Pyle who, by less than 5 votes (this number is pending the results from Leavenworth County) finished ahead of Rehmer.
The newcomer to the School Board will be Dr. Daniel Dickerson who will take the seat vacated by Kenny Massey who ran for City Council. Bryan Maring came in fifth place, well behind Dickerson.
Joe Pyle said on his narrow first place win, “I’m humbled by the confidence of all the voters and very grateful. We have a lot of tough decisions ahead of us and I look forward to doing the best I can.”
Belinda Rehmer commented on her victory saying “Apparently people are satisfied with the job we have been doing since all the incumbents were re-elected. This is vote of confidence we are on the right track with what we are doing.”
The Board will be facing some very tough questions in the days and weeks ahead as the topic of school district financing will be front and center.
Also new to the board will be Joseph Hurla who was unopposed for the seat previously filled by Nancy Jackson who decided not to run for re-election.
Some interesting stats from the race:
Pyle lead in the west, north and south parts of Eudora while Rehmer was the top vote getter in the Central part of town. Dickerson took 5th in the Central and South part of town, but made up for those loses on the west side.
North Eudora had the largest percent of vote turnout for the School Board race with 17.3% of the population casting ballots. 15.6% of west voters turned out, while the South has 12.9% and the Central Eudora Precinct had only 12.6%.
We didn’t see who the 15 write-in votes were for, but we are taking a hunch that Mickey Mouse had a good showing.