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Two County Board candidates won't advance to General Election

 
Posted on 3/19/2014, 11:33 AM

Eight of the 10 Republican candidates for Saline County Board will advance to the General Election.

For four-year terms, Carey Harbison received the most votes in unofficial election totals with 1,501, followed by Joe Jackson with 1,307, Jeff Murrie with 1,222, Rod Wallace with 1,150, Karla Carrigan with 1,110 and Jonathan Prather with 1,099. Trina Irwin — who received 889 — was defeated in her bid for Republican nominee.

There were three Republican candidates for the two two-year unexpired seats. Allan Porter received 1,116 votes, Jeff Street received 905 votes and Jose Durbin received 634 votes.

Durbin said though disappointed by the defeat, he intends to remain a name in local politics.

"Saline County hasn"t heard the last of me. This was just me getting my feet wet," Durbin said.

Durbin said his motivation for running was to be a voice for a young generation of Saline Countians.

"My generation needs a voice at the table. This board is spending our money, their grandkids money, our grandkids money. The taxes are so high we may have to move out. I love Saline County and I don"t want to move out," Durbin said.

Jay Williams was the top vote-getter among the five candidates for the six four-year terms with 1,166 votes. Greg Segraves received 1,114, William Brandon Henshaw received 1,020, Katie Clayton received 770 and Mitch Cornaghie received 549.

The two candidates for the two-year unexpired term were Mike McKinnies with 973 votes and Kelly Hefner with 955 votes.

The votes become official with the April 2 canvass. County Clerk Kim Buchanan said mail-in votes postmarked March 18 will continue to be counted.