Democrat Kathryn Focke edges out Matta for Riley County Commission

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Before Monday, the race for the Riley County Commission District 3 seat was only three votes apart — on Monday, a winner was declared.

The Riley County Clerk’s Office announced Democratic candidate Kathryn Focke defeated GOP John Matta. The race was decided by 126 votes, 4,982 for Focke and 4,856 for Matta. In the position, the first major thing Focke hopes to tackle is the coronavirus pandemic, as cases are rising in Riley County. She hopes to do so by working with state and county officials.

“I want to really work with them and see what we can do to help with this county,” Focke said. “We haven’t spiked as much as a lot of states, but it’s going up every day and that’s a real concern.”

Focke is also planning to hold a town hall, where her constituents can be up front with their concerns or wishes.

Focke will be sworn into the commission in January.

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