Filing deadline June 1


The Lansing mayor is seeking another office.


Mike Smith recently filed as a candidate for the Leavenworth County Commission.


Other candidates still have time to file. The filing deadline is noon June 1.


Smith is running as a Republican in the commission’s 4th District, which encompasses Lansing, a portion of southeast Leavenworth and the Delaware Township.


The district is one of two new County Commission districts that were formed after voters approved an expansion of the commission in 2018.


Chad Schimke currently represents the 4th District. He has not filed for reelection.


So far, Smith is the only person who has filed as a candidate for the 4th District.


Smith said he enjoys being the mayor of Lansing but he believes the entire county is not growing as it should.


“I just think we could grow a little bit,” he said.


The County Commission’s 2nd, 3rd and 5th districts also are up for election this year.


In the 2nd District, incumbent Republican Vicky Kaaz has filed for reelection. In the 3rd District, incumbent Republican Doug Smith has filed for reelection. In the 5th District, incumbent Republican Mike Stieben has filed for reelection, according to information from the County Clerk’s Office.


As the newest seats of the County Commission, the 4th and 5th district seats, are up for election for two-year terms. But these seats eventually will be on a four-year election cycle.


The 2nd and 3rd district seats are up for election for four-year terms.


Several other incumbents have filed for reelection to county offices.


Republican Todd Thompson has filed for reelection to the position of county attorney. Republican Janice Van Parys has filed for reelection to the position of county treasurer. Democrat Stacy Driscoll has filed for reelection to the position of register of deeds. Republican Andy Dedeke has filed for reelection to the position of sheriff.


The position of county clerk also is up for election this year. So far, no one has filed as a candidate for this office. Republican Janet Klasinski currently serves as the county clerk.


The position of Lansing mayor also is up for election this year. Lansing City Council member Tony McNeill is the only person who has filed as a candidate in the non-partisan mayoral election.


Two people have filed as candidates for the 3rd District of the Kansas Senate. The district includes the cities of Easton, Basehor and Tonganoxie as well as a portion of Douglas County.


Incumbent Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, has filed for reelection. Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, also has filed for the 3rd District, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.


Dove currently serves as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.


Two people also have filed as candidates for the Kansas Senate’s 5th District, which includes the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing and a portion of Wyandotte County.


Incumbent Kevin Braun, R-Kansas City, Kansas, has filed as a candidate. Jeff Pittman, D-Leavenworth, also has filed as a candidate for the 5th District.


Pittman currently serves as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.


The 38th District of the Kansas House of Representatives is an open seat this year because of Dove’s decision to run for the state Senate. The 38th District includes the cities of Basehor and Linwood as well as a portion of Johnson County.


So far, four Republicans have filed as candidates for the open seat. They are Noel Hull, Timothy H. Johnson, David Polson and James Stafford. Hull, Johnson and Stafford are from the Bonner Springs area in southeast Leavenworth County. Polson is from Gardner, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.


No Democrat has filed as a candidate for the 38th District.


Two people have filed as candidates for the Kansas House’s 40th District, which includes Lansing and a portion of Leavenworth.


Incumbent David French, R-Lansing, has filed for reelection. Joana Scholtz, D-Leavenworth, also has filed as a candidate for the 40th District.


In the 41st District, Whitney Davis Moulden, D-Leavenworth, Donald G. Terrien, D-Leavenworth, and Pat Proctor, R-Leavenworth, have filed as candidates. The district includes much of the city of Leavenworth.


The 41st District is an open seat this year because of Pittman’s decision to run for the Kansas Senate.


In the 42nd District of the Kansas House, incumbent Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, has filed for reelection. Lance W. Neelly, R-Tonganoxie, also has filed as a candidate.


The 42nd District includes Easton and Tonganoxie and a portion of Douglas County.


No Democrat has filed as a candidate for the 42nd District, according to the Secretary of State’ Office.


The primary election will take place Aug. 4. The general election is Nov. 3.


People wishing to file as candidates for county offices can contact the County Clerk’s Office at 913-684-0421.


People wanting to file as candidates for the Kansas Legislature can call the Secretary of State’s Office at 785-296-4561 to make an appointment.


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