Candidate filings are complete; let the campaigns begin.
From Congress to the governorship to the Kansas House of Representatives to county commission seats, the deadline for filing for office came at noon today.
Few late-minute filings were reported as the books were closed for the Aug. 7 primary and Nov. 6 general elections. Filing today with the Kansas secretary of state's office were Terry O'Malley, a Lawrence Republican seeking the 46th District seat in the Kansas House; Judith K. Macy, a DeSoto Democrat seeking the 43rd District Kansas House seat; and Walter Myers, a Baldwin Republican, seeking the 45th District Kansas House post.
HERE'S A rundown of the local candidates who are seeking election to office in this year's balloting:
In the 43rd District Kansas House race, Eudora businessman Tom Pyle and DeSoto attorney Robert Watchous will square off for the Republican nomination.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Macy, a DeSoto attorney who is the lone Democratic to file, in the November election.
David Miller, who now holds the office, is vacating the seat in his quest to become lieutenant governor as the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Nestor Weigand of Wichita.
In the 44th Kansas House District, Lawrence school board member Barbara Ballard will face primary opposition from political novice Joe Gilman for the Democratic nomination. Ballard is associate dean of student life and director of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center at Kansas University. Gilman is a computer software engineer at Bendix-King in Lawrence.
The winner of the Democratic primary and Sandy Praeger, former Lawrence mayor, will meet in the general election. Praeger is unopposed for the Republican nomination. Whoever gets the nod in November will replace Rep. Jessie Branson, who announced her retirement from the Legislature in April.
IN THE 45th House District, Republicans Martha Parker, Richard Rodewald and Walt Myers will battle each other in a primary for the right to face Democrat John Solbach. Parker, of rural Overbrook, is executive director of the Clinton Lake Museum. Rodewald farms near Baldwin and is a tooling engineer at the General Motors plant in Kansas City.
Solbach, who operates a law practice in Lawrence and is a six-term veteran of the Legislature, drew no primary opposition.
Republican voters in the 46th House District will select between O'Malley, a KU law student, and Ervin Steele, a retired farmer now living in Lawrence. Incumbent Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, a Lawrence Democrat who has spent 11 years in the Legislature, is the only Democrat to file for the office.
Incumbent Rep. Joann Flower, Oskaloosa, has drawn opposition from Democrat Robert Hazzard, rural Ozawkie, in the 47th House District. Flower, who unseated six-term incumbent Robin Leach in 1988, is seeking her second term.
HAZZARD, recently retired assistant chief enforcement officer for the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, is making his first run at public office.
Republicans Mark Buhler, a Lawrence Realtor, and Ellis Hayden, a semi-retired Lawrence coin shop operator, will meet in the August primary in their quest for the 1st District Douglas County Commission seat. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Mike Rundle, who now is a Lawrence city commissioner.
Incumbent Nancy Hiebert, a Lawrence Democrat, announced she would not seek re-election to the county commission.
Lawrence resident Mark Creamer, an advocate for legalization of marijuana, is mounting a congressional campaign for the Democratic nomination against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery. Creamer is serving a jail sentence for smoking marijuana in the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center.
And Lawrence resident Ron Todd, a longtime assistant in the Kansas insurance commissioner's office, is among the candidates in a crowded field seeking to replace retiring Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell.
ELECTION OF candidates won't be the only voting decisions facing residents this summer and fall. Both the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence School Board have scheduled public votes on a pair of tax issues.
The city will ask Lawrence voters in August to approve a half-cent increase in the city sales tax. Proceeds from the increase, estimated at $2.7 million in 1991, will be used to pay for additional staffing in the police and fire departments and to provide a bit of property tax relief.
The school board will ask voters in November to approve a bond issue estimated at $20 million to $25 million for construction of a second high school, to be built in western Lawrence.