By Roger McKinney
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.
November election slates are set for 3rd District county commissioner and for register of deeds. In the County Commission race, Democrat Fred Low, of rural Baxter Springs, and Republican Richard Hilderbrand, of Riverton, will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. For register of deeds, incumbent Republican Christy Grant, of Columbus, will face Democrat Vickie Hess, of Columbus.
On the ballot in the Republican primary for the 13th District Kansas Senate position are Jacob LaTurner, of Pittsburg, and Bob Marshall, of Fort Scott. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Patty Horgan, of Pittsburg, in November. Incumbent Democrat Jim Barone isn’t seeking re-election.
In the 14th Kansas Senate District, incumbent Republican Dwayne Umbarger, of Thayer, is challenged by Republican Iris VanMeter, of Thayer. The winner of the August primary will face Democrat David Miller, of Parsons, in November.
There are no primary contests for area Kansas House of Representatives positions. Republican Jeffrey Locke, of Arma, is challenging incumbent Democrat Bob Grant, of Cherokee, for the 2nd District position in November. In the 3rd District, incumbent Democrat Julie Menghini, of Pittsburg, is being challenged by Republican Thomas Price, of Pittsburg, in November.
Rep. Doug Gatewood, of Columbus, the incumbent Democrat in the 1st District, is unopposed.
State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, and former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, of Lawrence, are vying in the Republican primary for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner of the primary will face incumbent Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, in November.
Lee Jones, of Overland Park, and former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, of Topeka, will face off in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in August. The winner will be on the November ballot with incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, of Dodge City.
Those running unopposed in Cherokee County are County Attorney John Bullard, of Oswego, and Treasurer Juanita Hodgson, of Columbus. State Rep. Doug Gatewood, of Columbus, also is unopposed in his re-election bid. All three are Democrats.
By Roger McKinney
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