Stratton, Goodburn win seats on Shawnee Mission School Board in contested races

Brad Stratton and Sara Goodburn won the two contested seats for the Shawn Mission School Board in Tuesday’s election.

Brad Stratton
Brad Stratton

Stratton won by the widest margin, defeating Elizabeth Rulo on a vote of 9,476 to 4,757. Stratton had more than 65 percent of the vote. Goodburn’s margin was a bit smaller. She had 53 percent of the vote in defeating Mark Ellis by a vote of 2,026 to 1,436.

Also apparently making an impact in that race was Chris Cindric, who was running as a write-in candidate against Goodburn and Ellis. The election office recorded 358 write-in votes or more than nine percent of the vote total. Write-in by name was not available Wednesday morning. That percentage is extremely high for write-ins, which seldom rise above one percent and then only to a one or two percent share as a rule.

Sara Goodburn

“I am honored to be elected to serve in this position on the Shawnee Mission School Board,” Stratton said this morning. “And I congratulate my opponent Elizabeth Rulo for running a first class campaign and look forward to seeing her continued involvement with the District.”

Goodburn is currently a member of the school board and was running for re-election. Ellis was the parent who brought to the district’s attention a poster used in a sexual education curriculum. The poster and the use of the particular curriculum materials were discontinued.

Stratton and Rulo were running for the at-large seat being vacated by Joan Leavens after one term. Running unopposed for re-election to the board were Patty Mach and Deb Zila.

In the race for Johnson County Community College Trustee, David Lindstrom, Greg Musil and Nancy Ingram were the winners in a six-candidate field. Lindstrom was the top vote getter with more than 25 percent of the total votes cast. Musil had nearly 23 percent and Ingram had more than 20 percent. Among the rest of the field, Patricia Lightner had more than 18 percent, Mark Read had eight percent and Larry Fotovich had more than four percent.

Complete election results for all races are posted by the Johnson County Election Office.