Noon on Friday marks the deadline for candidates interested in filing for office in this year’s election, as well as switching party affiliation before the August primary.
A 2014 Kansas law prohibits registered voters already affiliated with a party from changing their party affiliation after June 1. An unaffiliated registered voter, however, can affiliate with a party at any time leading up to the primary, when voting during the primary or when requesting an advanced ballot.
Candidates planning to run for any local office in this year’s election must bring photo ID to the Finney County Clerk’s Office in Garden City at 311 N. Ninth St. and fill out the necessary paperwork by the filing deadline. Filing fees vary by the office a candidate is running for.
Finney County includes seven townships, each with its own elected clerk. All seven clerk offices are up for election in this year’s primary.
Candidates planning to run for state office must file directly with the secretary of state.
The House seats are up for reelection this year. Thus far, contested districts in southwest Kansas include the 123rd and 124th districts. Incumbent John Wheeler and Pedro Rodriguez have filed for the 123rd District seat, which represents Garden City, and Jeffrey Locke and Marty Long have filed for the 124th District’s seat, which represents Ulysses. The 124th District incumbent, Steve Alford, has not filed for reelection.
The primary election is Aug. 7, and the general election is Nov. 6.