City council, county elections share ballot with state offices
By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor
With the deadline to file just days away, few new faces appear interested in elected offices in Republic County.
Filing deadline is Friday, June 1 at noon to be listed on the August 7 primary election ballot. The general election is Tuesday, November 6.
Up for grabs this year are three seats on the Belleville City Council; First District Republic County Commissioner, which represents townships east and north of Belleville; Republic County Attorney; Kansas and US Representative positions, and a slew of township clerks and precinct committeemen and women.
Incumbent Edwin Splichal, Belleville, is so far the lone candidate for 1st District Commissioner.
Three candidates are filed as of Tuesday for the three open positions for Belleville city council: incumbents Dr. Roger McCartney and Adam Robertson, and Lana Conway.
Republic County Clerk Kathleen Marsicek said filings for township clerk and precinct committee people have been trickling in to her office.
This year Republic County citizens will also vote on Republic County Attorney, a job now held by Justin Ferrell, Concordia. Ferrell was appointed last fall by the Republic County Republican Committee following the resignation of Marlea James, Belleville.
Because James was less than halfway through her term, her replacement must be elected in the 2018 election. A county attorney must be licensed to practice law, but need not be a resident of the county where they serve.
City council seats
Thanks to a rearrangement of the state’s voting schedule by the Legislature several years ago, Belleville city will elect city council members this year.
In Belleville, three council seats are up for election, those currently held by McCartney, Tiffany Hansen and Robertson.
Belleville City is the only city that has an election every year. Council members in Belleville are elected at-large, which means that residents who live anywhere in the city can file for the open seats, and the top three vote-getters are elected.
Local township clerks must also run for office this year, as well as precinct committeemen and women for each party from each township. Precinct committee people are responsible to replace mid-term vacancies in other local elected offices.
The local races will share the ballot with state and national races, namely Kansas Governor and other state officials; US House of Representatives, First District, which is now Dr. Roger Marshall; and 106th District Kansas House of Representatives, which is now Clay Aurand of Belleville.
For more information or to file for all offices contact the Republic County Clerk’s office.