Folkerts, Kirts win in Woodward special election Tuesday

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Woodward Mayor Todd Folkerts, who was appointed to office in October, was reconfirmed as mayor Tuesday in the Woodward special election, and Kelly Kirts was elected to Folkerts’ vacant seat on the Woodward City Council.

Only 139 of the city’s 805 registered voters cast ballots in the special election, a turnout of 17 percent, according to unofficial results from the Dallas County Commissioner of Elections.

The cost to the city of staging the election was about $3,500, according to the county.

Folkerts garnered 115 votes. Thirteen write-in votes were cast, and 11 ballots registered votes only in the city council contest and not in the mayoral election.

Kirts outdistanced two other candidates for the council seat by earning 71 votes. Franklin T. Weatherbee was a close second with 59 votes, and David Whitney drew five votes. One write-in vote was cast, and three voters voted only in the mayoral contest and not in the council race.

According to data from the Dallas County Commisioner of Elections office, voter turnout in the Beaver/Des Moines precinct was 67 percent in the Nov. 6 general election.

Woodward had a population of 1,024 in the 2010 U.S. Census.

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