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Grubb, Kerb And McDaniel Win Elections


November 8, 2018

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Dist. 26 Incumbent Dell Kerbs celebrated his win with family. Pictured in back is his mom Janice. In front left to right are daughters Kenzi and Kerrigan Kerbs and with his wife Linda Kerbs on the right.

Allan Grubb will be the new District Attorney for Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties. Grubb defeated First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter 10,824 (52.12 percent of the votes) to 9,945 (47.88 percent of the votes) respectively.

Grubb will succeed DA Richard Smothermon who announced prior to the election he would be retiring at the end of this term. "I humbly want to thank the voters of Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties for this opportunity," said Grubb.

"I appreciate the trust placed in me," continued Grubb. "I will do all I can to make our communities safer and save as many lives as possible, including the lives of people who have taken the wrong path but are not beyond redemption."

In Dist. 26 (Shawnee and Bethel Acres) Incumbent Republican Dell Kerbs easily won against retired dentist Terry W. Hopkins. Kerbs garnered 6,241 votes against 4,710 for Hopkins. "I am very honored the voters have given me the opportunity to continue to serve as their representative in House Dist. 26," said Kerbs.

"I would like to commend Terry Hopkins on a well run race," continued Kerbs. "It takes courage to put your name on a ballot. Now it is time to get back to the business of the state. There is a lot of work still to do."

Tracy McDaniel won the honor of Associate District Judge for Pottawatomie County with 10,837 (58.22 percent) votes to opponent Kelli McCullar's 7,777 (41.78 percent) votes. "I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the voters of Pottawatomie County for your confidence in me," said McDaniel.

"I look forward to this opportunity where I can continue to serve the citizens of our county in a new judicial capacity," said McDaniel. "I also want to thank my opponent, Kelli McCullar, for the race that she ran. Ms. McCullar and I made it a point to just focus this campaign on each of our qualifications for this position. I think Ms. McCullar put it best when she told me it is not personal. We are just two people who are interested in the same job.

"Finally I would like to thank my family, friends and campaign committee who have worked so hard over the past several months," said McDaniel. "Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Associate District Judge over the next court years."

Incumbent Jason Smalley retained his position as Dist. 28 State Senator with a large margin of 5,555 votes over the Independent candidate Stephanie Sanders 2,150 votes. Incumbent Zack Taylor also retained his seat for Dist. 28 State Representative with a 2,394 votes. Taylor had two opponents in the race, Democrat Steve Barnes with 954 votes and Independent Kyle Webb with 259 votes.

Statewide, the attention was on the Governor's race, where Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson fell to businessman Kevin Stitt 643,558 (54.34 percent). Edmondson pulled 500,058 (42.22 percent) votes while Libertarian Chris Powell only received 40,733 (3.44 percent) votes.

Lieutenant Governor race was won by Republican Matt Pinnell 728,547 (61.90 percent). Democrat Anastasia Pittman had 406,340 (34.52 percent) votes while Independent Ivan Holmes had only 42,120 (3.58 percent) votes.

In a very close race for the Dist. 5 United States House of Representative office, Democrat candidate Kendra Horn pulled out a win with 121,738 (50.69 percent) votes to 117,725 (49.31 percent) votes for Republican Incumbent Steve Russell.

State Questions 793, 798, 800 and 801 were all defeated. State Question 794 Marsy's Law Crime Victim Rights Amendment passed by a landslide with 904,308 (78.01 percent) for the proposal and 254,966 (21.99 percent) against the proposal.

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