Ottawa County communities went to the polls yesterday to determine school board elections.
Afton, Fairland, Commerce, Quapaw, as well as Craig County’s Welch all featured two-horse races for an open seat.
In Quapaw, William Nichols won the election with 53 percent of the vote over Troy Howard Thompson. Ninety-five votes were cast in the race.
Kenny Smith won the Commerce school board seat with 65 percent of the vote. Ricky D Brown garnered 35 percent of the 224 ballots cast.
In Fairland, Mark Detherage won 60 percent of the vote to take that election over Lisa Severe. 229 votes were cast in the race.
Samuel Grant Victor, Jr won his race over Rebecca Anne Hallett in Afton. Victor, Jr. won 91 percent of the 220 ballots.
Ottawa County serves as the parent county for the Afton election, however some of the precincts in that vote are located in Delaware and Craig counties.
Likewise, the school board election in Welch between Jason Smith and George Moore has voting blocs split into different counties, with Ottawa serving as an affected county, and their results were still pending at press time.
Tuesday night’s election served as the first contest to be handled by the Ottawa County Election Board in their new headquarters in the courthouse annex.
“I think it’s gone very well considering that we’re not used to this habitat,” Election Board Secretary Verna Ferris said about the Tuesday night count. “We’re
still trying to figure out the flow of things, but, I think, all in all, it’s gone very well.
“We’re very happy with our new facility and very proud of it,” Ferris added.
The election results will be certified at 5:00 p.m. in the Election Board office. Candidates have until that time to contest results or request a recount.