By EARL WATT and JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
The Republican wave that swept through the U.S. House of Representatives and across Kansas continued in Seward County.
Democrats Toby Hale and Joyce Hibler lost their bids to be re-elected to the Seward County Commission and were replaced by newcomer Ada Linenbroker and transplant Doug LaFreniere.
Linenbroker defeated Hibler 276-116 in a district that includes southeast Liberal and rural southeast Seward County.
“I am excited to win,” Linenbroker said. “I am looking forward to working. I hope to do a lot of new things and hope to get a lot of new things started for the county. I have a lot of ideas regarding things I want to do to the fair. I want to try and get it back to being a community event again. Maybe we can do some things toward the elderly and a lot of things with economic development and maybe getting some more stuff going on in the county. It was a good race. I appreciate what Joyce has done in the past. I am hoping to step in with new commissioners and see what we can get done.
LaFreniere unseated Hale for the District 4 seat. LaFreniere made the rare move of being a past Liberal City Commissioner to become a county commissioner after a two-year “retirement.”
“This is going to be fun,” LaFreniere said. “I want to thank all of the voters that supported me. I intend to do this to the best of my ability. I would like to thank Toby for all of the years of service he provided. He put his heart and soul into it and it was a well-run race. I have to educate myself on all of the functions first before I do anything else.”