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Bethel Bond Passes, Shawnee Bond Fails


August 20, 2020

Bethel won its bond election, Shawnee lost its two propositions, and the incumbents prevailed in the City of Tecumseh municipal election Tuesday.

Bethel Public Schools patrons gave resounding approval of an $18,390,000 bond issue to fund a new upper elementary building and refurbish the gym. Yes votes were 595 for 67 percent — well over the 60 percent approval rating required by law for bond issues — and no votes were 285.

But in Shawnee, Proposition 1, $16,925,000 for roof work, heat and air improvements and other infrastructure needs as well as helping build a new elementary school, passed but not by enough. Yes votes were 1,477 (57 percent) and no votes were 1,087. Proposition 2, $1,200,000 for school buses, also failed to get the required approval rating, with yes votes coming to 1,460 (56 percent) ad no votes at 1,111.

It was very similar to the May 2019 vote on a $12.5 million bond issue which fell 30 votes short of the 60 percent. The turnout was better this time — only 595 of 13,208 registered voters went to the polls in 2019 — but it was not enough.

In Tecumseh, where there were contested races for four council seats, the winners were the incumbents — except for Ward 3 where there wasn’t one. In Ward 1, Linda Farris defeated Dana Taylor 274-228; in Ward 2, Sharon Stewart defeated Ronelle Baker 331-175 for an unexpired term; and in Ward 4, John Collier defeated Jeffrey Brock 252-230 for an unexpired term.

In Ward 3, where incumbent Linda Praytor chose not to seek re-elected, a runoff will be necessary to determine a winner. Donald Bradley led the three-man race with 211, Ryan Wiginton had 172 and Benjamin Waterman had 94. Bradley and Winginton will face off on the Nov. 3 ballot.


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