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Stroupe defeats Conrow for Howard County Presiding Commissioner

Sam Stroupe makes his victory speech on the steps of the Howard County Courthouse following the announcement of his win in Tuesday's primary election for the Democratic nomination for Howard County Presiding Commissioner. Stroupe defeated Richard Conrow -- the current Eastern District Commissioner -- by a vote of 868 to 525.
Sam Stroupe was all smiles Tuesday night when he was making his speech atop the Howard County Courthouse steps.

Stroupe's name will be on the ballot for the Democratic Party in the November election for Howard County Presiding Commissioner, having defeated Richard Conrow with 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary election. Stroupe will run unopposed in November.

The final tally of votes for presiding commissioner on the Democratic ticket was 868 votes for Stroupe, to 525 votes for Conrow.

According to Howard County Clerk Kathyrne Harper, voter turnout was at 33 percent in Howard County, with 2,238 citizens casting a ballot.

The other item of local interest on the ballot was Proposition I, regarding boundary changes between the Fayette and Harrisburg school districts. The measure had to pass by majority vote in each school district, and it did.

In the Fayette school district, the proposition passed rather easily, garnering nearly 70 percent of the vote in favor. In Howard County, the measure received 736 "yes" votes to 330 "no" votes. Also, eight ballots were casted in Boone County for the Fayette school district, and all eight were "yes" votes.

In the Harrisburg school district, the measure passed by roughly two-thirds of the votes. In Boone County, voters casted 490 "yes" votes to only 163 "no" votes. In Howard County, there were 31 "yes" votes and 16 "no" votes from the Harrisburg school district.

In addition, there were five amendments included in the primary ballot. Results of those amendments across the state had not been tabulated as of 11:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Please check back in Saturday's Democrat Leader for more results in Tuesday's primary election.

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