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June 10, 2008

Primary slates set for Cherokee County positions

By Roger McKinney

rmckinney@joplinglobe.com

COLUMBUS, Kan. — There will be primary elections Aug. 5 in Cherokee County in both parties for sheriff, in the Republican Party for county clerk and in the Democratic Party for 2nd District county commissioner.

Tuesday also was the filing deadline in Kansas for the state legislative and federal positions in the August primary.

Cherokee County information came from the county clerk’s office. Information for state and federal races is on the Kansas secretary of state’s Web site.

The sheriff’s race is the most contested position in the county. Republican Sheriff Steve Norman didn’t file for re-election.

Running in the Democratic primary will be Jerry Delmont, of Columbus, who ran unsuccessfully four years ago; David Groves, of Columbus, a Baxter Springs police officer; and Gary Allen, of Baxter Springs, a Baxter Springs city councilman, former undersheriff and former Baxter Springs police chief.

Vying in the Republican primary for sheriff will be Kent Soucy, of rural Columbus, the current undersheriff; and Garry Abram, of Galena, a former chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Department, and former Galena police chief and police officer.

In the Republican primary for county clerk, Rodney Edmondson, of Baxter Springs, who is currently a county commissioner, will face Jack Johnson, of Columbus. Edmondson didn’t file for re-election to his 3rd District County Commission position. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Crystal Gatewood, of Columbus, on Nov. 3. Gatewood is the chairwoman of the Cherokee County Democratic Party. Incumbent Sandy Soper did not file for re-election.

Running in the Democratic primary for 2nd District county commissioner are Ted Wary, of Columbus; and Jack Garner, of rural Columbus, who is president of the Riverton Board of Education and has previously run unsuccessfully for the County Commission. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican James Lucian, of Columbus, a former county commissioner, in November. Incumbent 2nd District Commissioner Charlie Napier didn’t file for re-election.

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