A look at the issues facing local, area voters
By SCOTT AUST
Finney County voters will choose a new county commissioner, county attorney and decide a sales tax question during Tuesday's election in addition to choosing the next president of the United States.
Voters will be asked to reauthorize a quarter-cent sales tax originally approved in 2009. Currently, the tax is set to expire in September 2015, but by voting yes the tax would remain in effect through 2021. The county, Garden City and Holcomb each receive a portion of the Building Road Maintenance Project sales tax.
Voters also will choose between Republican Duane Drees and Democrat Patsy Fort to represent Finney County Commission District 3. The third district includes northeast Garden City and northeast Finney County, including Kalvesta.
In the Finney County Attorney race, local attorney Susan Richmeier, who won August's Republican primary, faces a write-in campaign from primary runner-up Brian Sherwood, deputy Finney County attorney. In the primary election on Aug. 7, Richmeier received 1,570 votes, Sherwood had 1,207 votes and Tamara Hicks, also a deputy Finney County attorney, received 529 votes.
One state race is contested in Finney County as John L. Ewy, a Republican, faces Democrat Dennis McKinney in the Kansas House District 117 contest.
Other contested statehouse races in the Telegram's coverage area include House District 115 where Ron Ryckman, R-Meade, faces Marjorie "Mo" Gilbert D-Dodge City; and state Senate District 38 where Garrett Love, R-Montezuma, is challenged by Johnny Dunlap II, D-Spearville.
Contested area local races include:
In Haskell County, Christopher R. King and Chuck Lozar are seeking a seat on the county commission in District 2.
In Kearny County, Jerrad A. Webb and Betty A. Greer will face off for the county commission district 3 seat; and Dennis C. Jones will face Lori L. Jensen for county attorney.