Archive for Wednesday, May 17, 2006

County sees few candidate filings so far

May 17, 2006


The primary election filing deadline in Kansas is only a few weeks away, and so far only three candidates have filed in Douglas County races.

County Commissioner Charles Jones filed for re-election Monday at the county clerk's office. A Democrat, Jones, 54, had said in March that he intended to run for a third four-year term in the 1st District, which covers much of northern, central and some of eastern Lawrence. No one else has filed for the position.

Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, is the only one of the county's state representatives who has filed for re-election. Sloan, who represents the 45th District, had no challengers as of Monday. All House seats are up for election.

All Douglas County township clerk positions also are up for election. Michael A. Stewart, Lecompton, is the only one who has filed. He is running for Lecompton Township clerk.

One precinct committeeman and committeewoman also will be elected in each precinct this year.

The filing deadline is June 12. The primary election is Aug. 1 and the general election is Nov. 7.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 8 months ago

Have you thrown your hat in the ring yet, plumberscrack? I'm sure that the other two commissioners would love to have a different commissioner who wouldn't question their desire to pave over Douglas County.

Rhoen 11 years, 8 months ago

It would be a wonderful thing if the voters could actually have a choice in this (or any) election.

Charles Jones APPEARED to be a "different" sort of commissioner when he was running for the office. But things have certainly changed over the years.

Aside from his interesting take on Commissioner McElhaney's participation in the governing process while McElhaney's "family problems" were still pending in the justice system, Jones has done little to differentiate himself from the rest of the rubbing-stamping mechanism that is Douglas County politics.

Another point to think about is why so few people of any substance are willing to take on this type of public service. Perhaps the ethical and able see serving in an elected office as little more than signing on for a term on the gerbil wheel - Is it even possible for a public servant to function at an acceptable level of competence and ethics in this time and place?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 8 months ago

Containing the cost of a campaign might be a smart thing for voters to consider like placing a cap from this day forward. Let's vote on that this year.

Developer minded contributors keep raising the ante which may explain our substantially increased property taxes. Then they proceed to load up the planning commission with yes people who are selected by city and county commissioners.

Primary elections are as important as general elections if voters want a decent slate in which to choose.

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