Local GOP Candidates Gather for County Straw Poll

Precinct Members receive their polling instructions

The Prowers County Republican Party met Tuesday, February 7 at the Lamar Missionary Baptist Church to take a straw poll on presidential candidates and to hear from the four local candidates who will be running for two seats in two districts for Prowers County Commissioner in November. 

It may have been a record turnout, as Prowers County GOP director, Janet Marriott, said over 200 persons were in attendance.  The local presidential straw poll had 112 votes for Rick Santorum, 50 each for Romney and Gingrich, Ron Paul had 16 votes and Rick Perry received two.  Statewide, Santorum edged Romney 40% to 35%, while Gingrich had 13% of the vote and Ron Paul had 12%. 


Wendy Buxton-Andrade

Roger Stagner

The four local candidates for Prowers County Commissioner from District 1 and District 3 spoke to their strengths, past experience, ties to the community and what would become their area of emphasis to help improve the business and agricultural climate of Prowers County.  Roger Stagner will oppose Wendy Buxton-Andrade for the position currently held by Commissioner Gene Millbrand, who is not running for re-election from District III. 

Henry Schnabel Addresses Crowd


Commissioner Candidate Mike Parker

Incumbent Henry Schnabel, in his first year as Commissioner from District 1, is being challenged for his seat by Mike Parker.  A vote to decide who will be the front runner for each district will be held during a County Assembly in March.  A candidate requires 30% of the vote to be put on the November ballot.  A candidate who gains a minimum of 10% of the vote can be considered as a petitioned candidate.  Commissioner Gene Millbrand thanked the community for its support during his years of service, stating how difficult it was for him to decide not to run for re-election.  Millbrand reflected on how the loss of jobs from the closing of Neoplan USA  just after he took office, helped determined his main goal as a commissioner  for economic prosperity for the county.  He remarked that he’d like to see the local enthusiasm displayed at the evening’s gathering carry us into the White House in November.  

Gene Millbrand

Jennifer Swanson, District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District, is running for re-election for her second term in that position.

By Russ Baldwin



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