Still unofficial but updated election results separate tied Lawrence school board candidates by 6 votes

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After counting 69 ballots received in the mail Wednesday, a race between two candidates for Lawrence school board is still too close to call.

However, Elizabeth Stephens edged ahead of Melissa Clissold by six votes in updated stats from the Douglas County clerk’s office on Wednesday.

Only the top six in the primary elections advance to the Nov. 2 general election; Stephens and Clissold are still nearly tied for sixth place.


The office will continue to count ballots that it receives through Friday, as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. In addition, County Clerk Jamie Shew said there were about 100 provisional ballots cast that need to be counted.

Election results won’t be official until after the canvass on Aug. 19, Shew said Tuesday night.

These charts are updated with the latest numbers:

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Newcomers Kay Emerson, Andrew Nussbaum and incumbent Kelly Jones win Lawrence school board seats

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With her two sons in tow Tuesday night, Kay Emerson talked with fellow candidates and campaign workers at the Douglas County clerk’s office, discussing next steps. One thing’s for certain: She’ll wear white — a symbol of women’s suffrage — when she’s sworn in.

Lucie Krisman / The Lawrence Times

Lawrence City Commission candidates talk economic development at Chamber’s forum

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In between questions about economic issues in Lawrence, such as childcare, local purchasing policy, and the Downtown Master Plan, City Commission candidates explained what role they thought the commission should have in the business community in Wednesday’s forum, hosted by The Chamber of Lawrence. 


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