Crowded Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary.
According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races.
In the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District race, incumbent Dennis Bixby of Tonganoxie has three challengers in the Republican primary. John M. Matthews, of Basehor, as well as Doug Smith and Bev Hill of Tonganoxie are running in the primary. The Third District covers much of the southern portion of the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie and Linwood.
In the 2nd District race, Republican incumbent Clyde Graeber faces opposition from Louis Klemp Jr., also of Leavenworth. That district covers Leavenworth and Lansing.
In the county treasurer race, there is no primary, but Republican incumbent Janice Van Parys is facing a general election challenger in Democrat Kelly Kultala, of Basehor. Kultala is a former state legislator.
There are four other races, but incumbents are running unopposed in them: Register of Deeds Stacy Driscoll, a Leavenworth Democrat, is running unopposed, as are Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson, R-Leavenworth, Leavenworth County Sheriff Andy Dedeke, R-Easton, and Kasinski, R-Leavenworth.
The primaries will be Aug. 2, while the general election is Nov. 8.
The remaining election calendar for 2016 is:
• June 18, begin mailing Federal Service absentee ballots.
• July 12, last day to register to vote before primaries.
• July 13, begin mailing advance voting ballots and advance voting in office.
• Aug. 1, noon deadline for independent candidates to file positions.
• Aug. 1, noon deadline to vote advance voting ballots in person in the county election office.
• Aug. 2, primary election.
• Aug. 8, county canvass to certify election results.
• Aug. 8, all advance ballots due to election office no later than 7 p.m.
• Sept. 23, begin mailing Federal Service absentee ballots
• Oct. 18, last day to register to vote before general election.
• Oct. 19, begin mailing advance voting ballots and advance voting in office.
• Nov. 7, noon deadline to vote advance voting ballots in person in Leavenworth County.
• Nov. 8, general election. All advance ballots due no later than 7 p.m.
• Nov. 14, county canvass to certify election results.
For more on state races, see next week’s edition of The Mirror.