By MIKE COURSON
Great Bend Post
No local race in the 2022 primary election featured more candidates than the Barton County Commission, District 1 race. With Kirby Krier not seeking reelection, five and then four candidates had their hats in the ring on Election Day. Hoisington's Duane Reif thanked voters after edging out Linda Moeder for the job.
"I'm very excited about representing the county," Reif said. "I just want to, first of all, thank my wife, Debbie, and friends and family for all their support, and especially the voters in northern Barton County, District No. 1 for trusting me to have a voice for them."
Reif pulled in 420 votes compared to 381 for Moeder. Jeffery Donecker finished with 263 votes, and Matthew Gerritzen won 131 votes. Rick Nulton had dropped out of the race but still finished with 103 votes.
A recent retiree, Reif was the branch manager of a grain company for 30 years and co-founded the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation. Reif will be part of a commission with three new members in 2023.
"I'm looking forward to working with the rest of the commissioners," he said, "and hopefully keeping Barton County moving forward."
Donna Zimmerman was elected in District 5 Tuesday, and Tricia Schlessiger beat incumbent Jon Prescott in District 4.