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Benes, Dickey to face off for RC board seat in November general election

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RAYMOND – The field of candidates to fill Raymond Central Public Schools’ Board of Education Ward 6 seat has been narrowed to two. 

After unofficial results were released on the evening of Tuesday, May 10 by the Lancaster County and Saunders County election commissioners, total votes showed Mary E. Benes in the lead at 169 votes and Christopher Dickey behind her with 76 votes. The two will advance to the general election in November. Vernon C. Slechta, the only other candidate, came in third place with 28 votes and will not advance to the general election. 

Benes and Dickey will face off for the seat being left by longtime Raymond Central educator and administrator Harriet Gould, who has served on the board since 2014.

Ward 6 includes the district’s southwestern boundaries, encompassing Agnew and the area surrounding Branched Oak Lake. Thus, a majority of the votes came from the Raymond Central district’s Lancaster County residents. 

Benes received 142 votes in Lancaster County and 27 votes in Saunders County. Dickey received 54 votes in Lancaster County and 22 votes in Saunders County.

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