By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The voters in the 2013 Liberal City Commission election sent a message at the polls — leave the commission the way it is.
Voters selected the current commissioners as the top voter-getters in the primary election and added a former commissioner in the fourth slot.
Joe Denoyer (636 votes) topped the list in the primary followed by Dave Harrison (540 votes) came in second after losing his last public election in 2011. Mayor Tim Long (472) came in third, and Ron Warren (441) took fourth.
Those who will have to improve by April 2 in the general election if they want to earn a seat are Jack Carlile (434 votes), Dean Aragon (430 votes), Julio Jimenez (379 votes) and Ivanhoe Love, Jr. (317 votes).
Those eight will advance to the general election April 2.
“We are down to eight,” Denoyer said. “We still have a long way to go. I feel relieved. I’ve been nervous for the past two weeks. You hope you’ve done what they asked you to do and want you to move forward. “
With the top three vote-getters being incumbents, Denoyer said that while there was still improvement to be made, the current commission was on the right track.
“I believe we are doing some things right and voters have recognized that,” he said. “I don’t think we are perfect, but looking at the top three being the incumbents, we are doing some things right. We have a long way to go yet.”
Denoyer thanked the voters for their support.
“I work for the taxpayers in this community,” he said. “If I am chosen to be in the top four in the general, I will continue to be diligent and listen to the voters. That is who I work for.”
Logan Clay Smith posted on Facebook his response.
“I'm sure the City of Liberal will continue to be run in a fiscally responsible manner and will continue to have great employees within city services,” he said. “I was very conscious of stating quite openly, what my views of what a governmental body should be and how it should be managed: Fiscal responsibility, special assessments on a very limited basis, addressing the pressing issues of the Water Treatment Facility and the KDHE and how important the Liberal Air Museum is to our community. Evidently, it did not resonate with the electorate.”