Democrat Linda Murken and incumbent Republican Rick Sanders won their races for Story County Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s election.
According to the Story County Auditor’s Office, Murken won the race with 21,636 votes or 29.87 percent, and Sanders came in second with 17,386 votes or 24.01 percent. It was her second run at the office, having lost in 2016 to Republican Martin Chitty.
Data from the auditor’s office also showed that Murken was boosted by absentee ballot votes, with 9,679 absentee ballots being cast for her. She received 11,957 votes on Tuesday.
Sanders won his third term and is currently the board’s chairman. That could likely change after Jan. 1 when the new board is seated and Murken joins Democrat Lauris Olson on the board.
Incumbent Republican Martin Chitty, who was seeking his first full four-year term on the board received 16,688 votes, for 23.04 percent of the vote, while Democrat challenger Josh Opperman finished fourth with 16,641 votes, or 22.89 votes.