Deadline is July 7

A group advocating for the expansion of the Leavenworth County Commission has started gathering signatures for a ballot question in the November election.

Representatives of a group called Give Me Five officially started a petition drive last week. The group now has until July 7 to collect the 2,153 signatures needed to place a question on the ballot, according to Janette Labbee-Holdeman, an organizer of the group.

The ballot question would ask voters if they approve of expanding the County Commission from three members to five members.

Those who are circulating the petition need to gather the signatures of people who are registered to vote in Leavenworth County.

“We're hopeful,” Labbee-Holdeman said. “It's been well received by a lot of people.”

Labbee-Holdeman has argued that increasing the County Commission to five members would broaden the scope of the board and allow for the election of members from areas she believes are underrepresented.

She also said having five commissioners would allow two members of the board to meet with each other outside of public meetings.

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