A larger than average number of residents have signed up to be a candidate in the local elections. A few have filed to run in several contests at once.
Bourbon County elections will be decided on August 6 in the primary election and finalized in the general election on November 5.
There are two contests that have a higher than average amount of people running for positions in local government: Fort Scott City Commission and USD234 Board of Education.
In addition, one candidate Michael Hoyt has filed to run for three different positions: city, school and FSCC.
Josh Jones has filed to run for two positions: city and school.
Registration ends today, July 16
Voter registration will be open at the following places during regular business hours until today.
On July 16, 2019 the books for new registrations will close and remain closed until after the election, according to the Bourbon County website.
County Clerk’s Office-Courthouse: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
City Clerk-Fort Scott City Hall: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
City Clerk-Uniontown City Hall: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
City Clerk-Bronson City Hall: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Persons who apply for services at registration agencies may register to vote at the following places during regular business hours:
Department of Motor Vehicles-108 W. 2nd Fort Scott, KS
Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services
The county clerk can be reached at (620)223-3800 ext. 191.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professional League are hosting a candidates forum on July 23 at the Ellis Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet and greet with the candidates and the forum will begin at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the Chamber.
Light refreshments will be served.
The public is encouraged to submit questions for the candidates by July 22 to the Chamber in the following ways:
or drop off at the Chamber at 231 E. Wall St., or call them in to 620-223-3566,
Candidates should let the Chamber know prior to the forum whether they will be attending, by e-mailing email@example.com
or by calling 620-223-3566.
In the Fort Scott City Commission contest, 14 people have filed to run for three possible seats. Three incumbents will run for re-election.
” In 2017 we had four file, in 2015 we had three file and in 2013 we had four file,” for the Fort Scott City Commission election, Bourbon County Clerk Kendall Mason said when asked to compare the 2019 numbers.
Another highly contested race is for USD 234 Board of Education with 11 people who filed, of which three will be selected to serve.
The list of candidates is at the bottom of this feature.
Laws for voter registration
A citizen of the United States who is 18 years of age or older, or will have attained the age of 18 years at the next election, must register before he or she can vote. Registration is open until the close of business on the 20th day before the election, according to the Bourbon County website.
When a voter has been registered according to law, the voter shall remain registered until the voter changes name by marriage, divorce or other legal proceedings or changes residence.
The voter may re-register in person, by mail or other delivery when registration is open. Application forms shall be provided by the county election officer or the Secretary of State upon request. The application shall be signed by the applicant under penalty of perjury.
Kansas voters must show an acceptable form of a photo ID when casting their vote.
Per KSA 25-4610, voting machines will be tested on August 1st, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Bourbon County Courthouse.
CANDIDATES THAT HAVE FILED FOR THE 2019 BOURBON COUNTY ELECTION
CITY OF BRONSON-CITY COUNCIL (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)
JAMES E. OLSON
CITY OF FORT SCOTT-CITY COMMISSION (3 COMMISSION POSITIONS)
CHERYL L. ADAMSON
HAROLD (PETE) ALLEN
KEVIN “SKITCH” ALLEN
CITY OF FULTON (1 MAYOR & 5 COUNCIL POSITIONS)
NO CANDIDATES FILED
CITY OF MAPLETON (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)
NO CANDIDATES FILED
CITY OF REDFIELD-CITY COUNCIL (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)
WILMA K. GRAHAM
CITY OF UNIONTOWN-CITY COUNCIL (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)
DANEA D. ESSLINGER
JOE FOULK SR
MICHAEL J. HOYT
FSCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES (3 POSITIONS)
MICHAEL J. HOYT
SOUTHWIND EXTENSION DISTRICT (2 POSITIONS)