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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Hague pulls ahead in county commission race

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  • Voters have elected Randy Hague to Harvey County Commission District No. 2. Hague defeated incumbent Marge Roberson, who lost in the primary but conducted a write-in campaign. As of midnight (with 8 of 8 precincts counted), the results were Hague with 2,923 votes (72 percent) and “write-in” with 1,132 votes (28 percent). This total does not include provisionals. Hague said he would like to congratulate Roberson on running a good write-in campaign, and he is looking forward to taking office. “I’m ready to give the people what they want and roll up my sleeves and get to work,” he said. Some of the main issues he hopes to address as a commissioner include the reduction of discretionary spending and dealing with challenges brought by state and federal funding cuts. He said he wants to balance the budget without putting a burden on taxpayers. “There’s going to be some tough decisions to be made,” he said. Roberson said she thought the race was open, fair and congenial, and she was pleased by the voter turnout at the polls. “I think both Randy and I gave the voters a good choice,” she said. While she said she is disappointed she won’t be serving another term on the county commission, she thanked those who helped with her campaign and is glad she decided to run as a write-in candidate. “I was hoping for something different,” she said. “... (But) that’s our democratic process.” 

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