As filing deadline passes, only the incumbent has filed for Douglas County sheriff; 4 people vying for DA spot

photo by: Jeff Burkhead

Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister

The deadline to file to run for Douglas County sheriff came and went on Monday with only one candidate having filed for the position, incumbent Sheriff Jay Armbrister.

Armbrister, 48, of Baldwin City, won his first term in office in 2020. He won the Democratic primary by more than 1,300 votes along with Undersheriff Stacy Simmons. No Republicans had filed for the office. Armbrister replaced Randy Roberts, who was named by the Republican Party in July of 2020 to replace Sheriff Ken McGovern, who had retired six months early, as the Journal-World reported.

The deadline to file for Douglas County district attorney was also on Monday. The Democratic candidates include incumbent Suzanne Valdez, Baldwin City prosecutor and local defense attorney Dakota Loomis, Wyandotte County prosecutor Tonda Hill, and Republican candidate Mike Warner, a former federal prosecutor.

Voters have until July 16 to register for the county’s primary election, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s website.

The last day to apply for advance voting mail ballots is July 30, with in-person voting for the primary to commence on July 17 and to end at noon on Aug. 5. The primary will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 6. The general election will Nov. 5.

The Women For Kansas Lawrence Douglas County Chapter is hosting a Democratic candidate primary forum for the Douglas County district attorney race at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.


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