Ryan Kellerman is the newest addition to the Roeland Park City Council. Kellerman won Tuesday’s special election in Roeland Park gathering 56.7 percent of the vote.
Kellerman defeated Scott Ferrel by a count of 182-137, a 45-vote margin. The special election was held to replace Mel Croston who resigned her Ward 3 seat at the end of September. Kellerman will fill Croston’s remaining term which runs until April 2017.
A third candidate in the race, David Gauwitz, was not a factor, getting only two votes in the election. Only Ward 3 residents could vote in the special election and the turnout was just over 26 percent for registered voters in the ward.
This is the second vacancy that has been filled by special election on the Roeland Park City Council this year. Earlier, Michael Rhoades was selected to complete the term of Robert Myers, Jr. who resigned in March, citing health reasons.
Ferrel on Tuesday night offered “congratulations to Mr. Kellerman.” Ferrel said he will be interested to see if “campaign promises are kept.” He is chair of the events committee and said he will remain active: “being part of the community is important to me.” Gauwitz said he plans to run in April for the other Ward 3 seat when he will have more time to gain name recognition. Kellerman could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The results of the Tuesday count are still technically unofficial and it is not known yet if any provisional ballots are to be decided. All three precincts voted at the Roeland Park Community Center on Tuesday.