Filing deadline is approaching

The filing deadline is fast approaching for the 2022 Election. Candidates for Nemaha and Brown county positions have until noon on Friday, June 1, to file for any of the open seats.

Due to the 2022 redistricting process, the Kansas Secretary of State’s office has extended the filing deadline for U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas House of Representatives, Kansas Senate and Kansas State Board of Education seats from June 1 to noon on June 10. The deadline to change political party affiliation also is extended to noon on June 10.

As of Monday, May 16, a decision had not been made in regards to the redistricting map for the State of Kansas.

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. 2. The General Election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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. Art Vonderschmidt is the incumbent mayor, and has filed to retain his position. Doug Bletscher and Steve Holthaus currently hold the two council seats. Holthaus has filed to retain his position.

County Positions

The Brown County Commission District No. 1 position will be on the ballot, currently held by Richard Lehmkuhl. Lehmkuhl has filed to retain his position.

The Nemaha County Commission District No. 1 position will be on the ballot, currently held by Gary L. Scoby of Sabetha. As of Tuesday, May 17, Scoby had not 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 but are not limited to: 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 and Lieutenant Governor include Democrat incumbents Laura Kelly of Topeka, and Lieutenant Governor David Toland.

No candidates have currently filed Attorney General. The position currently is held by Republican Derek Schmidt.

Current filed candidates for Secretary of State are incumbent Scott J. Schwab of Kansas City, Republican; and Republican challenger Mike Brown of Overland Park.

Current filed candidates for State Treasurer are Republican Steven Johnson of Assaria, and Republican Caryn Tyson of Parker. The position currently is held by Democrat Lynn Rogers.

Current filed candidates for Insurance Commissioner is Republican incumbent Vicki Schmidt of Topeka.

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.

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

The position of District Court Judge, District 22, also will be on the ballot. Republican Laura Johnson-McNish of Troy has filed for the position. The position is currently held by Republican James Patton. Patton has not filed for re-election.

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, Thomas E. Malone of Topeka, Lesley A. Isherwood of Wichita, Amy Cline of Valley Center and Jacy Hurst of Lawrence.

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 Tracey Mann of Salina; district two, Republican Jake LaTurner; district three, Sharice Davids; and district four, Republican Ron Estes of Wichita. Filed candidates include Mann, district one; Amanda L. Adkins of Overland Park and John A. McCaughrean of Kansas City, district three; and Estes, district four. The district that includes the local voting area is district two, and LaTurner has not yet filed for re-election.

Constitutional Amendment

Voters will be deciding on the “Value Them Both” Amendment during this election season. Below is the verbage for the election:

Explanatory statement. The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

A vote FOR the Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion.

A vote AGAINST the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.”

Shall the following be adopted?

§ 22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.

Voter Dates

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

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

In July: Tuesday, July 12, is the last day to register to vote before the primary election; Wednesday, July 13, is the first day advance ballots are mailed, and in-person advance voting may begin; Tuesday, July 26, is the deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed for primary election.

In August: Monday, Aug. 1, at noon is the deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in the office at the county election office; Tuesday, Aug. 2, 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. 18, is the last day to register to vote before the general election; Wednesday, Oct. 19, is the first day advance ballots are mailed, in-person advance voting may begin.

In November: Tuesday, Nov. 1, is the deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed for general election; Monday, Nov. 7, at noon is the deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in the office at the county election office; Tuesday, Nov. 8, 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.

Heather Stewart226 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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