(SALINA,Kan.) — The race for City Commission in Salina has been a strange one. Aside from voter turn-out being extremely low, the race saw a record number of candidates looking to fill three open city commission spots. The primary election saw a record 17 different candidates on the ballot, following the primary that number was sliced down to nine candidates.
Tuesday night Barb Shirley, Aaron Householter, and Kaye Crawford emerged from those nine candidates and earned a respective spot on the city commission. Shirley and Householter were the top two vote getters and will serve a term as mayor of Salina.
The race saw only 15 percent of registered voters take to the polls for the city commission race…something that surprised Aaron Householter.
“I was surprised the numbers were still low, it was a beautiful day and we had pre-voting for two weeks before.”