In the year’s lone local contested primary race, Riley County Commission District 1, both candidates have showed up at the polls to exercise the vote they are asking from their own electors.
The incumbent, Commissioner Dave Lewis, and his challenger, Ben Wilson, both have strong attendance at the polls, according to records obtained by The Mercury.
The difference between the candidates, both running as Republicans, is that one has seen more polling booths than the other, but that’s because of a technicality.
Wilson, a 21-year-old student at Kansas State University, has only been eligible to vote since 2012. Still, he voted in the primary and general election that year. In 2013, he voted in the city and school board elections in April. Like Wilson, Lewis hasn’t missed any elections — he’s just been around for more.
During the last 10 years, Lewis has voted in every election at the local and general level. He also voted on the 2007 Quality of Life bond issue.
Lewis’ first recorded election participation in Riley County was in the 1992 general in Riley County — a year before Wilson was born.