GOP meeting

Labette County Republican Party chairman Mike Howerter (left photo) presided at Thursday evening’s meeting of the party to nominate a Third District county commissioner. 

The Labette County Republican Party on Thursday night nominated Cole Proehl to complete the unexpired term of Third District Labette County Commissioner Doug Allen.

Proehl won the August primary election and his name will be the only one on the Nov. 3 ballot for the Third District seat that represents most of Parsons.

Allen forfeited his seat when he moved out of the district in early October. He had planned to resign on Nov. 6 anyway. He said he didn’t realize his new home was in the First District and just across the street from his commission district boundary.

Thirteen delegates attended Thursday’s meeting. Labette County Republican Party chairman Mike Howerter said he limited the number of delegates at Thursday’s event in the Carnegie Arts Center, 117 S. 17th St., to accommodate social distancing.

When Howerter asked for nominations, the only name offered was Proehl’s.

Proehl told the delegates that he looks forward to representing the Third District and all of Labette County. He plans to be fiscally responsible and practice conservative values. He encourages constituents to contact him with questions and concerns.

“I am honored for this opportunity,” Proehl said.

Howerter asked delegates if they wanted to mark paper ballots or to vote by acclamation, and the delegates chose the latter. In the vote, all delegates raised their right hand to acclaim Proehl’s nomination.

Howerter said he would send the results to the governor’s office to make a decision on the nomination.

Labette County commissioners had originally planned to have Proehl sworn in Nov. 9, but the hope for a quicker turnaround given that the Third District is not represented.

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