The 2019 general election is fast approaching and the Lyon County Clerk’s Office is reminding county residents of filing deadlines for open positions.
According to Deputy Elections Officer Amie Jackson, the filing deadline for everyone, including school board seats, mayoral and city council positions, is at noon on June 3.
“You have to file here with the County Clerk’s office,” Jackson said. “Everyone’s filing is the same. You have to get a [filing packet] and you can either get that from us or online.”
The filing packet contains all of the information a potential candidate needs in order to fill an open position, including filing fees, numbers needed for filing by petition and important dates. Once the packet is completed, Jackson said elections staff will help them with the next steps or answer questions.
“All filing packets have a petition paper if they choose to file by petition and not pay the filing fee,” she said. “That is the candidate’s choice. Once they file it out, we can notarize here at the office or they can bring it in already notarized.”
Jackson said filing fees are dependent on what position someone is looking to fill, and signatures needed for petitions also vary based on population size.
“If they question how many signatures they need, we already have that calculated out for them and we can tell them,” she said. “We always recommend people get a few extra, just in case, on their petitions.”
All three county school districts are looking to fill seats for their boards of education.
USD 251 North Lyon County has four positions open this year, in all three districts. One at-large position is also available.
Current board members David Goldsmith Jr., Wendy Linsey and Matt Horton have filed for re-election in North Lyon County.
USD 252 Southern Lyon County also has four positions open this year. Charles Steffes has filed for the at-large position.
USD 253 Emporia Public Schools has four open positions. So far, no one has filed for those seats.
In third-class city elections, there are open mayoral or city council positions in Admire, Allen, Americus, Bushong, Hartford, Neosho Rapids, Olpe and Reading.
Nicky Nuessen of Americus has filed to sit on the Americus City Council and Manuel L. Jackson has filed for Bushong.
The City of Emporia has three city council positions up for election this year. So far, no one has filed for those seats.
Should a primary election be needed, it will be held Aug. 6.
Filing statuses are updated daily on www.lyoncounty.org and selecting the “Election Office” page.
“We try to keep that updated as quickly as possible so people can see who has filed and what positions no one’s filed for,” Jackson said.