County clerk files for re-election

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is seeking a third term in office.

On Thursday, the Lawrence Democrat filed the paperwork needed to run for the position, which will be voted on in November’s general election.

Shew, 41, was first elected to the position in 2004. The position, which comes with a salary of about $74,000, oversees all local, state and national elections within the county. The clerk’s office also is responsible for paying county claims, managing employee payroll, filling out Homestead and Food Sales Tax forms and providing fish, hunting, boat and park permits.

In his third term, Shew said he wants to put a new financial system in place that would boost efficiencies in the department, and work to implement new election laws and redistricting boundaries.

“We’ve done a lot to improve elections here in Douglas County and it is something we are continuing to work on to make better,” Shew said.

Over the years, Shew said he has worked to make the election process more transparent and accessible. Early voting was launched at satellite sites throughout the county in 2006 and the clerk’s office has increased the amount of information available on its websites and social media sites.

So far, Shew is running unopposed. Candidates for all county positions have until noon Friday to file. If needed, a primary election will be held on Aug. 7 and the general election will be on Nov. 6.