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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Koehn, Davis, Smyth win city commission

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  • Incumbent Glen Davis will serve another term on the Newton City Commission, and he will be joined by newcomers Leroy Koehn and Bob Smyth.Koehn received the most votes, with a total of 1,130 counted Tuesday night. Davis received 1,092, and Smyth received 912. Voter turnout for the city of Newton was reported at 17.98 percent.Davis said he was looking forward to serving a second term on the city commission."I just appreciate that the community had enough faith in me to give me a second term," he said. "I'll try to represent them to the best of my ability."Koehn and Smyth also were excited about winning a spot on the commission."I'm very humbled, and I look forward to serving the people of Newton," Koehn said."There's a lot of good people in Newton," Smyth echoed. "I couldn't have done it without them."In his first term, one of the issues Davis focused on was the Newton Rec Center, and he wants to continue working on that issue during this session. He said he is also excited about local consultant Stan Brodhagen's plans to help promote the Kansas Logistics Park, and he would like to keep the city's costs and taxes down."I think there are really good things ahead for Newton," he said.Koehn believes the most important issues the commission will have to address in the coming weeks and months is the proposed relocation of the homeless shelter; the Rec Center and possible YMCA; and the continuing funding cuts from Topeka.He said he also is optimistic about Newton's future, and he enjoyed the experience of campaigning and learning more about what the people of Newton want from their city."I enjoy people, so I really enjoyed talking to a wide variety of people that live here in Newton and to listen to their perspectives on different issues," he said.Smyth said while he is in office, he wants to control spending and make sure there is equal treatment for all citizens under the law. He said he had a good experience preparing for the election and getting to know voters."We enjoyed the campaign, meeting the people," he said. 

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