Now it’s up to the voters

Nearly 1,400 votes have already been cast in Riley County

By Maura Wery

Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said Monday that nearly 1,400 voters had cast ballots as of Saturday in Riley County, the hotly contested election for three seats on the Manhattan City Commission drawing most of the interest.

Vargo said a total of 1,389 voters had already cast ballots a few hours ahead of the Monday noon cutoff point. Polls will be open around the county Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“All registered Riley County voters have something to vote for in this election,” Vargo said.

More than 1,000 of the advance voters had cast ballots in person last week at the county office, although about 350 had submitted mail-in ballots.

The seven commission candidates are incumbent Rich Jankovich, former commissioners Bob Strawn and Karen McCulloh, as well as John Ball, Daniel Hogan, Debbie Nuss and Usha Reddi. The terms of Jankovich plus Loren Pepperd and Jim Sherow expire April 16.

The winners will join holdovers John Matta and Wynn Butler on the Commission.

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