Cowley College Board of Trustees
Incumbent Jill Long of Winfield held on to her seat with 22.12 of the vote (1,766 votes). She was followed by challenger Harold Arnett, of Arkansas City, at 20.29 percent (1,620 votes), who finished second of six candidates and will become a trustee.
The third and final available seat, however, was neck and neck between challenger Michael Bergagnini, of Parkerfield, who led incumbent Nancy Short Burger, of Winfield by just five votes (1,288 to 1,283) and less than one-tenth of one percent (16.13 to 16.07).
Incumbent JoLynn Foster finished fifth in the unofficial results, 12 votes behind Bergagnini’s total, and would lose her seat if the election night results hold. Jonathan Hansen got 9.15 percent of the vote.
Winfield Board of Education
A write-in campaign by incumbent Jamie Kaiser failed to gather enough support to keep her seat, leaving the two incumbents and two challengers earning four-year positions on the board.
Newcomer Ed Trimmer topped the others with 27.22 percent (1,078 votes); followed by incumbent Craig Thompson at 25.45 percent (1,008 votes); incumbent Brent Wolf 23.56 percent (933 votes) and newcomer Mike Rozell 13.71 (543 votes).
Arkansas City Commission
Challenger Scott Rogers and incumbent Kanyon Gingher took two of the available three seats, but the third open position was too close to call on election night in unofficial results. Incumbent Duane Oestmann held a one-vote lead 525 to 524, for the two-year seat.
Rogers: 33.99 percent; 850 votes
Gingher: 22.59 percent; 565 votes
Oestmann: 20.99; 525
Pearman: 20.95; 524