Roeland Park’s Adrienne Foster failed to garner enough votes in Tuesday’s primary to make it onto April’s general election ballot, marking the beginning of the end of her sometimes controversial tenure as mayor after just one term.
Challenger Joel Marquardt emerged Tuesday as the clear frontrunner for the office, picking up 57 percent of the vote. Linda Mau finished second with 26 percent of the vote. Foster finished the night with 17 percent.
A total of 769 voted in the Roeland Park primary.
Foster took office in 2009 after having served one term on the City Council starting in 2005.
In Fairway, just 31 Ward 4 residents managed to cast votes in that city’s City Council primary. Tanya Keys lead the field of four with 18 votes — 58 percent of the total. Dawn Thibodeau, who had filed for candidacy but decided against actively campaigning, still garnered one vote. Which means Andy Duewel and Anthony Kimberly end the night tied with six votes each. (We’ll check in with the election office to see what implications the tie has for the general election ballot).