Election 2018: Filing deadline for open spots is next Friday

The filing deadline is fast approaching for the 2018 Election. Candidates have until noon Friday, June 1, to file for any of the open seats in area, state or national offices.

This year’s election ballot will be extensive, with numerous seats of interest to Sabetha and the surrounding area included at the area, state and national level. And while some candidates have announced a run, not all have officially filed. Some positions remain without any official filings at this time.

Any position listed below with multiple filings of the same political party will face off in the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The General Election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Anyone with questions concerning the filing or voting process should contact the Nemaha County Clerk’s office at 785-336-2170; or the Brown County Clerk’s Office at 785-742-2581.

City Positions

The City of Fairview has the position of mayor and two council members open for this coming election. Levi Gunn is the incumbent mayor, but has not yet filed to retain his position. Margaret Wikle holds the filled council seat while the other is vacant. Currently, Douglas E. Bletscher has filed for one of the open council seats.

County Positions

The Brown County Commission District No. 1 position will be on the ballot, currently held by Republican Steve D. Roberts. Roberts has filed to retain his position. He is being challenged by Republican Richard L. Lehmkuhl.

The Nemaha County Commission District No. 1 position will be on the ballot, currently held by Republican Gary L. Scoby of Sabetha. Scoby has filed to retain his position.

All Brown and Nemaha township clerk positions are up for grabs at this election, including but not limited to the following: in Brown County, Hamlin, Morrill, Powhattan and Walnut townships; in Nemaha County, Adams, Berwick, Capioma, Gilman, Granada, Harrison, Rock Creek, Washington and Wetmore.

Republican and Democratic precincts in both counties will be electing a precinct committeeman and committeewoman. Area precincts include the following: in Brown County, Hamlin, Morrill, Powhattan and Walnut townships; in Nemaha County, Adams, Berwick, Capioma, Gilman, Granda, Harrison-Goff, Harrison-Kelly, Rock Creek, Washington, Wetmore, Sabetha First Ward, Sabetha Second ward, Sabetha Third Ward and Sabetha Fourth Ward.

State Positions

Numerous state offices will be selected at this year’s election, including governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and insurance commissioner.

Current filed candidates for Governor include Democrats Jack Bergeson of Wichita for Governor running with Alexander Cline as Lieutenant Governor; Libertarian Jeff Caldwell of Leawood for Governor running with Mary Gerlt as Lieutenant Governor; and Independent Rick Kloos of Topeka for Governor running with Nathaniel Klood as Lieutenant Governor.

No candidates have currently filed Attorney General. The position currently is held by Republican Derek Schmidt, who is expected to file to retain his seat.

Current filed candidates for Secretary of State Democrat Brian McClendon of Lawrence; Libertarian Rob Hodgkinson of Stilwell; and Republicans Keith Esau of Olathe, Craig McCullah of Topeka, and Scott Schwab of Olathe. Incumbent Republican Kris Kobach is expected to file for Governor.

Current filed candidate for Treasurer is Democrat Marci Francisco of Lawrence. The position currently is held by Republican Jacob LaTurner, who is expected to file to retain his seat.

Current filed candidates for Insurance Commissioner is Republican Vicki Schmidt of Topeka. Incumbent Republican Ken Selzer is expected to file for Governor.

The District 62 seat for the Kansas House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Randy Garber of Sabetha, is up for grabs this year. Garber has filed for re-election. He is being challenged by Democrat, Melvin L. Baker of Seneca.

Additionally, the position of District Magistrate Judge, District 22, Position 3, will be on the ballot. The position is currently held by Republican Elizabeth Deiter of Sabetha, who has filed for re-election. She is being challenged by fellow Republican, Scott Anson of Bern.

The position of District Court Judge, District 22, also will be on the ballot. The position is currently held by Republican James A. Patton of Hiawatha. Patton has filed for re-election, and there are no current challengers.

Voters also will decide whether to retain seven Kansas Court of Appeals judges whose terms are expiring — Stephen D. Hill of Topeka, Kim R. Schroeder of Topeka, Henry W. Green Jr. of Leavenworth, Anthony J. Powell of Wichita, Tom Malone of Topeka, Michael B. Buser of Topeka, and Melissa Taylor Standridge of Topeka.

Five seats — districts one, three, five, seven and nine — are up for election on the State Board of Education. However, none of these is the seat representing the local area.

National Positions

Nationally, all four Kansas district seats for the United State House of Representatives will be all the ballot this year. Incumbents include the following: district one, Republican Roger Marshall; district two, Republican Lynn Jenkins; district three, Republican Kevin Yoder; district four, Republican Ron Estes.

The district that includes the local voting area is district two, and Jenkins has announced that she does not plan to file for re-election. Current filed candidates for this position are Republicans Vernon J. Fields of Basher, Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth, Kevin Jones of Wellsville, Doug Mays of Topeka, Caryn Tyson of Parker, and Steve Watkins of Topeka. These Republicans will be thinned to one in the Primary Election.

Voter Dates

There are a number of important dates as election season rolls around.

In June: Friday, June 1, is the last day to change party affiliation before primary.

In July: Tuesday, July 17, is the last day to register to vote before the primary election; Wednesday, July 18, is the first day advance ballots are mailed, in person advance voting may begin; Tuesday, July 31, is the deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed for primary election.

In August: Monday, Aug. 6, at noon is the deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of county election office; Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Primary Election Day. Mailed advance voting ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than the third day following the election. Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.

In October: Tuesday, Oct. 16, is the last day to register to vote before the general election; Wednesday, Oct. 17, is the first day advance ballots are mailed, in person advance voting may begin; Tuesday, Oct. 30, is the deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed for general election.

In November: Monday, Nov. 5, at noon is the deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of county election office; Tuesday, Nov. 6, is General Election Day. Mailed advance voting ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than the third day following the election. Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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