Kahlotus councilwoman in the lead to keep her seat

August 6, 2013 

— Kahlotus City Councilwoman Sharee Beckner was well ahead of two family members challenging her for her seat in Tuesday’s primary.

Beckner had 30 votes, or 73 percent, leading Marcia Robitaille, who had 11 votes, or 27 percent. Robitaille’s daughter-in-law, Molly Robitaille, had no votes.

More votes are expected to be counted starting Wednesday. The top two vote-getters will face off in the Nov. 5 general election.

This was the first time three people have run for the same position on the Kahlotus City Council since 1977, said Diana Killian, Franklin County elections administrator.

Michael Robitaille, Marcia’s son and Molly’s husband, is running for a city council position of his own. He will face incumbent Scott Williams on Nov. 5.

Other council members picked Beckner and Williams to join the council after council resignations. The Robitailles also applied for the positions.

Molly Robitaille was the only person to file to run for a council seat in 2011. But the election went to a coin flip when write-in candidate Bob Hagans tied her with 21 votes.

Hagans, who got to call the toss because his name came first alphabetically, correctly called “heads.”

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