County Government

Margin in Kobach-Colyer race changes as counties count mail-in ballots

Story updated at 6:13 p.m. Aug. 10, 2018: TOPEKA — The razor-thin margin in the Republican primary for governor in Kansas continued to change throughout the day Friday as several counties, including Douglas County, tallied up mail-in ballots that have come in since Tuesday. As of 6:10 p.m., ...

Douglas County voters go to primary polls in record numbers

Douglas County voters turned out for Tuesday primary in record shattering numbers, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. More than 18,500 voters participated in the primary for a turnout of about 24 percent. The turnout number isn’t known because advance ballots the Clerk’s Office receives ...

Patrick Kelly gets more than half the votes to win Douglas County Commission race

Lawrence educator Patrick Kelly pulled away from two competitors to win the Democratic Party primary race for the 1st District Douglas County Commission position. Kelly led throughout the night Tuesday as votes were tallied in the Douglas County Courthouse and finished the night with 53 ...

No independent candidates file for 1st District Douglas County Commission

The noon Monday deadline for independent candidates to file for the 1st District Douglas County Commission passed with no activity, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. That means the winner of Tuesday’s three-way Democratic Party primary contest will have no opponent on the November ...

One Douglas County Commission candidate now employed by another’s insurance agency

Douglas County Commission candidate Leslie Soden is now working as an agent for the Farmers Insurance office of fellow candidate John Magnuson. Both candidates are seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the 1st District County Commission seat, which represents most Lawrence neighborhoods ...

Douglas County clerk says advance voting turnout is steady, about normal

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says advance voting for this year's primary elections has been steady and near normal. “We’re just a little ahead of the primary two years ago, but not by a lot,” he said. “We’re not seeing a huge turnout above normal. We have had a lot of phone calls ...

County Commission to consider final spending levels for 2018 capital projects

The Douglas County Commission is expected to approve final spending levels for this year's capital improvement projects at its meeting Wednesday. Sarah Plinsky, assistant county administrator, said commissioners already approved spending $1.22 million on facility-related projects and $5.82 ...