Primary Election is Tuesday

Registered voters should plan to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must present photo identification to vote.

Any position with multiple filings of the same political party will face off in the Primary Election. Primary Election winners will face opponents from opposing parties in the General Election slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Advance voting is available until noon Monday, Aug. 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. Voters will be deciding on the “Value Them Both” Amendment during the Primary Election. Verbiage for the amendment is below.

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.

Voting Locations

In Nemaha County, voting locations are as follows: for Gilman and Washington Townships, Bern Community Building; for Harrison-Goff, Goff Community Center; for Adams Township, Nemaha County Community Building; for Berwick, Capioma and Rock Creek Townships, and Sabetha City Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sabetha City Hall; and for Granada and Wetmore Townships, Wetmore American Legion. 

In Brown County, voting locations are as follows: for Morrill, Walnut and Powhattan Townships, Fairview Community Center; and for Hamlin, Hiawatha Fisher Center.

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 he filed to retain his position. Doug Bletscher and Steve Holthaus hold the two council seats. Bletscher and Holthaus have both filed to retain their seats.

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. He is being challenged by Republican Kenneth Pyle. The Republican candidate will be decided in the primary. Also filing for the position is Democrat William Collins. Collins will face off against the Republican winner of the primary election, in the general election.

The Nemaha County Commission District No. 1 position will be on the ballot, currently held by Republican Gary L. Scoby of Sabetha. Scoby did not file to retain his position. However, Republican Benjamin Glace of Sabetha has filed for the position. 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 did not file to retain his seat, but Scott M. Spare has filed; in Morrill Township, there are no filings, but the position is currently held by Heath Ploeger; in Powhattan Township, Republican William L. Rieger has filed to retain his position; and in Walnut Township, Republican Tom Gudenkauf has filed to retain his seat.

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 Andy R. Evans of Seneca; in Granada Township, Republican Steven Milne of Wetmore; in Harrison Township, Republican 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 has filed to retain his seat and incumbent Jennifer Ploeger has not filed to retain her seat; for Powhattan, William Pollock and Sharilyn J. Pollock have filed to retain their seats; and for Walnut, Chris E. Kroll and Beth Kroll have filed to retain their seats.

Brown County Democratic Precinct filings include the following: for Hamlin, no filings; for Morrill, Joyce Fee has filed to retain her seat and no filings for Committeeman; for Powhattan, no filings; and for Walnut, Wesley K. Miller and Connie Sue Miller have filed to retain their seats.

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, Paul V. Gudenkauf of Seneca and no filing for Committeewoman; for Granada, Doug Renyer of Wetmore and Tina Wehner of Wetmore; for Harrison-Goff, James R. Dobbins of Goff and Freda J. Dobbins of Goff; for Harrison-Kelly, no filings; for Rock Creek, Benjamin Glace and Emily Glace of Sabetha; for Washington, James J. Moser of Bern and Anne Moser of Bern; for Wetmore, Janet L. Suther of Wetmore and no filings for Committeeman; for Sabetha First Ward, Shawn Weldin of Sabetha and no filings for Committeewoman; for Sabetha Second Ward, Victoria Moser of Sabetha and no filings for Committeeman; for Sabetha Third Ward, Zachary Goodman and Katelyn Goodman of Sabetha; and for Sabetha Fourth Ward, Stan G. Keim of Sabetha and Sharon Mishler of Sabetha.

Nemaha County Democratic Precinct filings include the following: for Adams, no filings; for Berwick, no filings; for Capioma, no filings; for Gilman, no filings; 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, Gregory Newlin of Sabetha and no filings for Committeewoman; and for Sabetha Fourth Ward, no filings.

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 two Democrats, two 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: Incumbent Laura Kelly/David Toland of Topeka, and Richard S. Karnowski/Barry J. Franco of Emmett. Republicans filing for Governor/Lieutenant Governor include the following: Arlyn Briggs/Lance Berland of Kinkaid, and Derek Schmidt/Katie Sawyer of Topeka. Independent candidate is Dennis Pyle/Kathleen E. Garrison of Hiawatha. Libertarian candidate is Seth Cordell/Evan Laudick-Gains of Lyons.

Candidates for Secretary of State include one Democrat, two Republicans and one Libertarian. The Republican candidates will be thinned to one in the Primary. Democratic candidate is Jeanna Repass. Republican candidates are Mike Brown of Overland Park and Scott Schwab of Kansas City. The Libertarian candidate is Cullene Lang of Paola.

Candidates for Attorney General include one Democrat and three Republicans, who will be thinned to one in the Primary. Democratic candidate is Chris Mann of Lawrence. Republican candidates are Kris Kobach of Lecompton, Tony Mattivi of Topeka and Kellie Warren of Leawood.

Candidates for State Treasurer are Libertarian Steve Roberts of Overland Park, Democrat Lynn W. Rogers of Wichita and Republicans Steven Johnson of Assaria and Caryn Tyson of Parker. The Republican candidates will be thinned to one in the Primary.

Candidates for Commissioner of Insurance include Democrat candidate Kiel Corkran of Olathe and Republican candidate Vicki Schmidt of Topeka. These two will face off in the General Election in November.

The District 62 seat for the Kansas House of Representatives is currently held by Republican Randy Garber of Sabetha. Garber has filed for re-election. This seat will be decided in the Primary.

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. This seat 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 did not file for re-election. Laura Johnson-McNish of Troy has filed for the position. This seat will be decided in the Primary.

Voters also will decide whether to retain six 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, Thomas E. Malone of Topeka, Lesley A. Isherwood of Wichita and Amy Cline of Wichita.

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 States House of Representatives will be all the ballot this year. Incumbents include the following: district one, Republican Tracey Mann; district two, Republican Jacob LaTurner; district three, Democrat Sharice Davids; and district four, Republican Ron Estes. The district that includes the local voting area is district two. One Republican candidate – Incumbent Jacob LaTurner of Topeka– and one Democrat candidate – Patrick Schmidt of Topeka – have filed for the position. 

For the United States Senate, six Democratic candidates have filed, as well as two Republicans and one Libertarian. Jerry Moran of Manhattan is the Incumbent and has refiled for his position. He is being challenged by Joan Farr of Derby. Democratic candidates include Mike Andra of Wichita, Paul Buskirk of Lawrence, Mark R. Holland of Kansas City, Robert Klingenberg of Salina, Michael Soetaert of Alta Vista and Patrick Wiesner of Overland Park. David C. Graham of Overland Park is the only Libertarian candidate. The Republican and Democratic candidates will be narrowed to one in the Primary.

Constitutional Amendment

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

Heather Stewart188 Posts

Heather Stewart is one of two co-editors for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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