The Odessa Record -

Crossley's Odessa's mayor-elect


November 16, 2017

Of Lincoln County’s 7,165 registered voters, only 3,333 cast ballots in the November 7 general election, for a voter turnout of only 46.52 percent.

In Odessa’s mayoral contest, current council member and long-time Odessa resident Bill Crossley had 219 votes to Steven L. Siegel’s 38 to take that race. Crossley will be sworn in as mayor at the town council’s first meeting in January 2018.

In races for the Odessa Town Council, Victoria S. Iverson garnered 229 total votes and will join the council in January. Incumbent councilman Landon Lobe ran unopposed and was re-elected with 235 total votes. Fellow incumbent Kelly G. Watkins was also re-elected with 232 total votes.

In the Odessa School Board race, incumbent Janie Steward garnered 371 votes in Lincoln County and 24 votes in Adams County for a total of 395. Recently appointed board member Carmen Weishaar received 373 votes in Lincoln County and 24 votes in Adams County for a total of 397. Heather Valverde was also re-elected with 361 votes in and 24 votes in Adams County for a total of 385.

Fire District 3 commissioner William A.J. Bell was re-elected with 119 total votes. Hospital District 1 Commissioner #2 H.P. Carstensen was re-elected with 454 total votes.

Harrington races

In Harrington, the Councilman No. 1 position was won by Jeremy Sewall with 103 total votes. The Councilman No. 2 position was won by Michael Cronrath with 110 total votes. Tera Cronrath was elected the city’s treasurer, receiving 108 total votes.

Harrington School District 204 incumbent board member Linda K. Mielke was re-elected with 213 total votes. Cade Clarke was newly elected to the Harrington School Board with 207 total votes. In the third school board race in Harrington, Shannon Sewall received 185 votes to incumbent Brad Simpson’s 73 to win the position.

The three advisory votes taken in this election were heavily in favor of repealing the laws in question, both locally and statewide: Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597 (tax increase on fishing licenses), Engrossed House Bill 2163 (expanded B&O tax) and Engrossed House Bill 2242 (expanded B&O tax and narrowed certain retail sales and use tax exemptions). Local area results were even more in favor of repeal than the statewide results by several percentage points.


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