Douglas County deputy treasurer wins primary race for office’s top position

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Adam Rains

Douglas County’s deputy treasurer appears to have won the election to become the office’s next leader.

Adam Rains, 32, who has served as the deputy treasurer for about five years, held a hefty lead over Timothy Morland, 44, a registration and tax clerk, for the Democratic primary election for Douglas County treasurer. In the unofficial final results, Rains had received about 59% of the vote and held a commanding lead of more than 2,800 votes.

No other candidates filed to run for the seat, and Rains will be uncontested on the general election ballot in November.

Rains previously told the Journal-World he wanted to continue using technology to improve county residents’ tax-paying experience while also making sure that information is secure from data breaches.

Rains is originally from Lakin, a small town about 20 miles west of Garden City. He began his public service career in 2011, previously working in the treasurer’s office for Kearny County, located in southwest Kansas, before moving into a role at Douglas County in 2013.

The county treasurer’s office oversees residents’ motor vehicle registrations and property taxes. Rains will fill the seat left by longtime county treasurer Paula Gilchrist.

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