Commission race, LOB top ballot
With the Aug. 1 primary election just around the corner, it's hard to judge interest, but there are signs that there could be a good voter turnout, according to Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes.
"Historically, there's not a big voter turn out (for primaries)," said Jaimes. "But this year there is some interest in the Republican party for the county commission race and the third district Congressional race."
Then there's the question on Baldwin City's ballot for the school district's request to raise its local option budget from 12 to 25 percent, which would generate about $1.5 million. The district plans to use that money to fund capital improvements for five years, upgrade technology, band instrument replacement and increased salaries for teachers.
Jaimes has heard no discussion on the question.
"I don't have a feel for that," she said. "Sometimes with a question like that there is a lot of interest, but I haven't heard anything."
The school district has planned two question and answer discussions to address the LOB request. The first is July 26 and the second is July 31. Both are at 7:30 p.m. in the Baldwin High School library.
The race for the Republican nod for the second district Douglas County Commissioner position pits a pair of rural Baldwin residents Bob Johnson and Scott Mock. The winner of that contest will square off against Democrat Dan Gregg in the November regular election. Gregg is unopposed in the primary.
Also drawing interest is the race for U.S. Rep. for the third district, which is currently held by Democrat Dennis Moore. Three Republicans are squaring off in the primary, which has proven to be hotly contested. Those candidates are Greg Musil, Overland Park, Phill Kline, Shawnee, and Gary Morsch, Olathe.
Those are the hot spots on the primary ballot. Voting in Baldwin will again be conducted in three places the American Legion Hall for south Baldwin; Baldwin City Fire Station for northwest Baldwin; and Baldwin Elementary for northeast Baldwin. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1.
There will be a number of other names on the ballot. Of local interest is Republican precinct chairwoman, where Heather Harvey and Delma J. Hitchcock are running; and Republican precinct chairman, where Jeremiah E. Harvey and Albert E. Hitchcock are running. Channette Kirby is on the ballot for Democratic precinct chairwoman, as is Calvin H. Dickinson for Democratic precinct chairman. Also on the ballot are A.J. Barrett for Township Trustee and John Vesecky for Township Treasurer.
Running unopposed for other positions are: State Senator 19th District, Republican Quentin L. Martin and Democrat Anthony Hensley; State Rep. 10th District, Republican Ralph Tanner; District Attorney 7th District, Christine Kenney-Tonkovich; County Clerk, Patty Jaimes; County Treasurer, Republican Diane Kennedy and Democrat Pat Wells; Register of Deeds, Democrat Sue Neustifter; and Sheriff, Republican Glenn R. (Rick) Trapp.