Election 2018: Filing deadline passes, candidates set

The filing deadline has now passed for the 2018 Election. Candidates for any of the open seats in area, state or national offices were required to file by noon on Friday, June 1. 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.

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 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 filed to retain his position. Margaret Wikle holds the filled council seat while the other is vacant. Wikle has not filed to retain her seat. Currently, Republican Douglas E. Bletscher has filed for Wikle’s seat, and Democrat Paul E. Reynolds has filed for the vacant seat.

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. This seat will be decided in the primary.

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. He is being challenged by Republican Lester J. Niehues of Sabetha. This seat will be decided in the primary.

All Brown County Township Clerk positions are up for grabs at this election, including the following: in Hamlin Township, Republican Larry R. Ewing has filed to retain his seat; in Morrill Township, Democrat Jim McKim has filed to retain his seat; in Powhattan Township, Republican William L. Rieger has filed to retain his position; and in Walnut Township, no filings.

All Nemaha County Township Clerk positions also are set for the ballot, including the following: in Adams Township, Democrat Wayne Hermesch of Seneca; in Berwick Township, no filings; in Capioma Township, Republican Dwaine Baumgartner of Sabetha; in Gilman Township, Republican Terry L. Miller of Bern; in Granada Township, Republican Steven Milne of Wetmore; in Harrison Township, Democrat Luke Sourk of Goff; in Rock Creek Township, Republican Clark D. Strahm of Sabetha; in Washington Township, Republican Erwin Kaster of Bern; and in Wetmore Township, no filings.

Republican and Democratic precincts in both counties will be electing a precinct committeeman and committeewoman.

Brown County Republican Precinct filings include the following: for Hamlin, Ronald Jones and Nancy Jones have filed to retain their seats; for Morrill, Heath Ploeger and Jennifer Ploeger have filed to retain their seats; for Powhattan, William Pollock and Sharilyn J. Pollock have filed to retain their seats; and for Walnut, no filings.

Brown County Democratic Precinct filings include the following: for Hamlin, no filings; for Morrill, Jim McKim has filed to retain his seat and no filings for Committeewoman; for Powhattan, no filings; and for Walnut, no filings.

Nemaha County Republican Precinct filings include the following: for Adams, no filings; for Berwick, Dennis Goodman of Sabetha and Dorothy Goodman of Sabetha; for Capioma, no filings; for Gilman, Nancy Miller of Bern and no filing for Committeeman; for Granada, no filings; for Harrison-Goff, James R. Dobbins of Goff and Freda J. Dobbins of Goff; for Harrison-Kelly, no filings; for Rock Creek, no filings; for Washington, James J. Moser of Bern and Anne Moser of Bern; for Wetmore, no filings; for Sabetha First Ward, no filings; for Sabetha Second Ward, no filings; for Sabetha Third Ward, no filings; and for Sabetha Fourth Ward, no filings.

Nemaha County Democratic Precinct filings include the following: for Adams, no filings; for Berwick, no filings; for Capioma, Teresa M. Baumgartner of Sabetha and no filings for Committeeman; for Gilman, James L. Floyd of Seneca and no filings for Committeewoman; for Granada, no filings; for Harrison-Goff, no filings; for Harrison-Kelly, no filings; for Rock Creek, no filings; for Washington, no filings; for Wetmore, Roger Gill of Wetmore and no filings for Committeewoman; for Sabetha First Ward, no filings; for Sabetha Second Ward, no filings; for Sabetha Third Ward, no filings; and for Sabetha Fourth Ward, Gregory Newlin of Sabetha and no filings for Committeewoman.

State Positions

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

Candidates for Governor include five Democrats, seven Republicans, one Libertarian and one Independent. Both the Republican and Democratic parties will reduce candidates to one candidate following the Primary Election. Democrats filing for Governor/Lieutenant Governor include the following: Arden Anderson/Dale Cowsert of Olathe, Jack Bergeson/Alexander Cline of Wichita, Carl Brewer/Chris Morrow of Wichita, Laura Kelly/Lynn Rogers of Topeka, and Joshua Svaty/Katrina Gier Lewison of Topeka. Republicans filing for Governor/Lieutenant Governor include the following: Jim Barnett/Rosie Hansen of Topeka, Jeff Colyer/Tracey Mann of Topeka, Kris Kobach/Wink Hartman of Topeka, Patrick “PK” Kucera/Patricia Reitz of Shawnee, Tyler Ruzich/Dominic Scavuzzo of Prairie Village, Ken Selzer/Jen Sanderson of Overland Park, and Joseph Tutera Jr./Phillip Clemente of Mission Hills. Libertarian candidate is Jeff Caldwell/Mary Gerlt of Leawood. Independent candidate is Rick Kloos/Nathaniel Kloos of Topeka.

Candidates for Secretary of State include one Democrat, five Republicans and one Libertarian. The Republican candidates will be thinned to one in the Primary. Democratic candidate is Brian “BAM” McClendon of Lawrence. Republican candidates are Randy Duncan of Salina, Keith Esau of Olathe, Craig McCullah of Topeka, Scott Schwab of Olathe, and Dennis Taylor of Topeka. Libertarian candidate is Rob Hodgkinson of Stilwell.

Candidates for Attorney General include one Democrat and two Republicans, who will be thinned to one in the Primary. Democratic candidate is Sarah G. Swain of Lawrence. Republican candidates are incumbent Derek Schmidt of Independence and Vermin Supreme of Rockport.

Candidates for State Treasurer are Democrat Marci Francisco of Lawrence and incumbent Republican Jake LaTurner of Topeka.

Candidates for Commissioner of Insurance include one Democrat and two Republicans, who will be thinned to one in the Primary. Democratic candidate is Nathaniel McLaughlin of Kansas City. Republican candidates are Vicki Schmidt of Topeka and Clark Shultz of Lindsborg.

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. This position will be decided in the Primary.

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. Seven Republican candidates, one Democrat and one Libertarian have filed for the position. The Republicans will be thinned to one in the Primary Election. Republican filings are Vernon J. Fields of Basehor, Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth, Kevin Jones of Wellsville, Doug Mays of Topeka, Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha, Caryn Tyson of Parker, and Steve Watkins of Topeka. Democratic filing is Paul Davis of Lawrence. Libertarian filing is Kelly Standley of St. Paul.

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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