Local Republicans plan to gather next week to select someone to fill a vacancy on the Leavenworth County Commission, according to the county party chairman.

Local Republicans plan to gather next week to select someone to fill a vacancy on the Leavenworth County Commission, according to the county party chairman.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber is stepping down from his position on the Leavenworth County Commission today. He is resigning because of health reasons.

Graeber, a Republican, has represented the County Commission’s 2nd District, which includes Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth. He was elected to a new four-year term on the commission last year.

Local Republican officials will gather for a convention Oct. 5 to appoint Graeber’s replacement.

Republican precinct men and women from the 2nd District will make nominations for the new commissioner. The precinct men and women from that district also will vote on the nominations to select the new commissioner.

“Nobody else really has a vote,” said Rett Rogers, chairman of the Leavenworth County Republican Party.

The convention is not open to the public. Rogers said an announcement will be shared with the press following the convention.

Rogers said the person selected to fill the vacancy must be a registered Republican and a resident of the 2nd District.

Rogers said the person also cannot currently hold another office.

There are 16 precinct men and women from the 2nd District.

Rogers said the governor has to be notified of the convention results within 24 hours of the vote.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said the governor has to sign the appointment of the person chosen during the convention. If the governor has not signed the appointment within seven days, the appointment will automatically go into effect.

The appointment will last through the 2018 general election.

In 2018, voters from the 2nd District will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of Graeber’s current term.

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