Category Archives: Elections

Candidate Forum July 23

Save the Date: Community members are invited to an Election Candidate Forum co-hosted by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals League of Bourbon County. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center at 2108 S. Horton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet & greet with the candidates and the forum will begin at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be two races on the Primary Election ballot which will be included in this forum:

  • The first is USD-234 Position 3. There are 5 candidates for 1 position; this race will be narrowed to 2 candidates after the primary election. Candidates include Kellye Barrows, Joe Foulk Sr., Michael Hoyt, Josh Jones, and Aaron Judy.
  • The second is Fort Scott City Commission. There are 14 candidates for 3 positions; this race will be narrowed to 6 candidates after the primary election. Candidates include Cheryl Adamson, Harold (Pete) Allen, Kevin (Skitch) Allen, Cindy Bartelsmeyer, Casey Bolden, Tracy Dancer, Bobby Duncan, Bob Farmer, Josh Jones, Deb McCoy, Diana Morriss, Jeanie Parker, Lindsey Watts, and Matthew Wells.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted to the Chamber by July 22nd by email at information@fortscott.com or mailed or dropped off in person. Candidates are asked to RSVP to the Chamber prior to the forum by phone or email.

For more information please contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566.

2019 City/School Election: Increase in Candidates

The Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Avenue.

The following have filed for the 2019 City/School Election, according to information provided by Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk. The clerk’s office is located at the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National.

Candidates were to file by noon June 3 for the desired positions, with August 6 the primary election and November 5 the general election.

In the Fort Scott City Commission contest, 14 people have filed to run for three possible seats. Three incumbants 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, 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.

The clerk can be reached at (620)223-3800 ext. 191.

 

CANDIDATES THAT HAVE FILED FOR THE 2019 BOURBON COUNTY ELECTION

 

CITY OF BRONSON-CITY COUNCIL (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)

JAMES E. OLSON

DANIELLE MINOR

MICHAEL STEWART

 

CITY OF FORT SCOTT-CITY COMMISSION (3 COMMISSION POSITIONS)

CHERYL L. ADAMSON

HAROLD (PETE) ALLEN

KEVIN “SKITCH” ALLEN

CYNTHIA BARTELSMEYER

CASEY BOLDEN

TRACY DANCER

BOBBY DUNCAN

BOB FARMER

JOSH JONES

DEB MCCOY

DIANA MORRISS

JEANIE PARKER

LINDSEY WATTS

MATTHEW WELLS

 

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

JIMMIE JACKSON

L.D. MORRISON

ANGELA HIXON

 

CITY OF UNIONTOWN-CITY COUNCIL (3 COUNCIL POSITIONS)

DANEA D. ESSLINGER

DAVE WEHRY

USD 234

JAMES WOOD

DANNY BROWN

MICHELLE HUDIBURG

KELLYE BARROWS

JOE FOULK SR

MICHAEL J. HOYT

JOSH JONES

AARON JUDY

SHAWN GOANS

LYNETTE JACKSON

Bill Michaud

 

 

USD 235

TROY GOODRIDGE

JASON SUTTERBY

JOSHUA HARTMAN

KOLBY STOCK

SALLY JOHNSON

 

FSCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES (3 POSITIONS)

DAVID ELLIOTT

KIRK HART

MICHAEL J. HOYT

CURTIS LEAR

ROBERT NELSON

SOUTHWIND EXTENSION DISTRICT (2 POSITIONS)

DIANE BRILLHART

PETE WILEY

 

 

Want To Serve Your Community?

The vote here sign sits in front of the north wing of the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National.

Those citizens who desire to serve their communities by serving in local government bodies must file at the Bourbon County Courthouse by June 3 and pay the filing fee or start a petition to get a certain amount of qualified votes to support you. The fees and petition votes vary per community.

The following information is provided by Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason.

 

NOTICE OF THE 2019 BOURBON COUNTY ELECTION AND POSITIONS UP FOR ELECTION

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First Class City of

THE CITY OF FORT SCOTT

3 City Commission Members

2 of the positions are for 4 year terms

1 position is for a 2 year term

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by not less than 25 qualified electors of Fort Scott

&

A State filing fee of $50.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 9 qualified candidates file there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be on November 5, 2019.

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Third class city of

BRONSON

3 Council Members

All 4 year terms

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 10 qualified electors of Bronson for Bronson.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 9 qualified candidates file, then there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be on November 5, 2019.

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Third class city of

FULTON

Mayor

&

5 Council Members

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 5 qualified electors of Fulton for Fulton.

(Fulton-all positions are 2 year terms.)

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 3 qualified candidates file for Mayor & more than 15 qualified candidates file for council then there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be on November 5, 2019.

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Third class cities of

UNIONTOWN & REDFIELD

3 Council Members

All 4 year terms

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 18 (10% of qualified electors registered in Uniontown) qualified electors of Uniontown for Uniontown.

A petition signed by no less than 10 qualified electors of Redfield for Redfield.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 9 qualified candidates file for council, then there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019.

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Third class city of

Mapleton

3 Council Members

All 4 year terms

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 2 qualified electors of Mapleton for Mapleton.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 9 qualified candidates file for council, then there will be a Primary on

August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019

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THE SOUTHWIND EXTENSION DISTRICT

2 POSITIONS

Both positions are for 4 year terms

Filing fee of $20

Not able to file by petition.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019.

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FORT SCOTT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #234

Position #1

Position #2

Position #3

Position At Large

All positions are for 4 year terms.

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 50 qualified signatures of registered voters in the position for the USD #234 District.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 3 qualified candidates file for any one position, then there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019.

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UNIONTOWN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #235

Position #1

Position #2

Position #3

Position At Large

All positions are for 4 year terms.

Filing fee of $20

Or

A petition signed by no less than 50 qualified signatures of registered voters in the    position for the USD #235 District.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019.

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 3 qualified candidates file for any one position, then there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019.

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FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

3 Positions on the Board of Trustees

Filing fee of $20

Not able to file by petition.

Filing deadline is noon June 3rd, 2019

Filing location is with the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS.

If more than 9 qualified candidates file there will be a Primary on August 6, 2019.

The General Election will be November 5, 2019.

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Any person wishing to file for any office must be a qualified elector of the corresponding City or School District.

If filing by petition, the petition has to be turned in within 180 days after the first signature was collected, but not later than noon June 3rd, 2019.

 

/s/ Kendell Mason

BOURBON COUNTY ELECTION OFFICER

 

Redfield City Council Changes Election Ordinance

The Redfield City Council. Photo by Jody Hoenor. From left: Pam Speer, Deputy City Clerk; Wilma Graham, Council; L.D. Morrison, Council; Michael Beerbower, Council; Ed Guss, Mayor; John Speer, Treasurer; Kirby Martin, Council; and Beth Guss, Acting City Clerk.

Redfield’s City Council is working to improve their town.

One of the ways to improve is the way the council is elected.

“We will have elections every two years, like everyone, but not everybody running for office at the same time,” said Beth Guss, acting Redfield City Clerk.

“When my husband (Ed Guss) took office, everyone but Wilma Graham was new, and nobody had known what to do,” she said.

They visited with neighboring Uniontown Mayor Larry Jurgensen and City Clerk Sally Johnson about the issue and were told about staggering the election so all are not new members at the same time, she said.

Following protocol, the City of Redfield published the proposed changes in the Fort Scott Tribune on Feb. 9 and 16.

This ordinance will take effect 61 days following the final publication.

An election of city council members will take place this November 2019, with succeeding elections every two years for the positions of those whose terms have expired.

This year Wilma Graham and L.D. Morrison will be up for re-election.

“Anyone can register to run,” Guss said.

Other members of the council in addition to these two are  Clarence (Ed) Guss, Kirby Martin, and Michael Beerbower.

Beth Guss said she is the acting city clerk until a replacement can be found.

It is difficult to find citizens who will serve in a community of Redfield’s size, 157 people, “not counting the dogs,” she said with a laugh. The town is located in the middle of Bourbon County.

“We’ve got small-town issues, like all small towns,” she said. “We are working to make our town better.”

 

Liquor By the Drink Passes in Bourbon County

Voters at the Bourbon County Clerk’s Office.

Voters said yes to the question submitted on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot.

There were 2,949 yes votes to 1,725 no votes to the question:

Shall the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink in Bourbon County be allowed in public places without a requirement that any portion of their gross receipts be from sales of food?

Results From Bourbon County Voting 2018: Republicans Win

These are the unofficial results of the 2018 November 6, General Election, sent from the Bourbon County Clerk.

 

Bourbon County Commissioner District 1

(Rep) Lynne Oharah 998

(Dem) Clinton Walker 513

 

Ks. House of Representative Dist. 4

(Rep) Trevor Jacobs 3289

(Dem) Lawrence Forbach 1059

 

Ks. House of Representative Dist. 2

(Rep) Kenneth Collins 305

(Dem) Adam Lusker 104

 

Kansas District 13 State Senator

(Rep) Richard Hilderbrand 1915

(Dem) Bryan Hoffman 1097

 

Kansas Commissioner of Insurance

(Rep) Vickie Schmidt 3426

(Dem) Nathaniel McLaughlin 1265

 

Kansas State Treasurer

(Rep) Jake LaTurner 3400

(Dem) Marci Francisco 1350

 

Kansas Attorney General

(Rep) Derek Schmidt 3397

(Dem) Sarah Swain 1364

 

Kansas Secretary of State

(Rep) Scott Schwab 3254

(Dem) Brian McClendon 1277

 

Governor

(Rep) Kris Koback  2878

(Dem) Laura Kelly 1535

 

U.S. House of Representatives

(Rep) Steve Watkins 3072

(Dem) Paul Davis 1386

 

Click here for the results sent from the Bourbon County Clerk’s office:

GENERAL ELECTION 2018 BOURBON COUNTY UNOFFICIAL!-1

 

Vote Tuesday, Nov. 6

Voters took advantage of advance voting Monday morning at the Bourbon County Clerk’s Office.

All of the polling places will be open on Election Day from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.  The polling places in Bourbon County are as follows:

 

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

1st Ward                  Community Christian Church

2nd Ward                 Grace Baptist Church

3rd Ward                 Grace Baptist Church

4th Ward                  Community Christian Church

5th Ward                  Community Christian Church

6th Ward                  Community Christian Church

7th Ward                  Grace Baptist Church

TOWNSHIPS

DRYWOOD               Grace Baptist Church

FRANKLIN               Mapleton Community Bldg

FREEDOM                Fulton Community Bldg

EAST MARION          Uniontown City Hall

WEST MARION         Bronson Community Bldg

MARMATON             Redfield City Hall

MILLCREEK              Redfield City Hall

OSAGE                Fulton Community Bldg

PAWNEE                  Redfield City Hall

NORTH SCOTT        Community Christian Church

SOUTH SCOTT         Grace Baptist Church

TIMBERHILL             Mapleton Community Bldg

WALNUT                 Uniontown City Hall

 

The following question is on the ballot for the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink in Bourbon County be allowed in public places without a requirement that any portion of their gross receipts be from the sales of food.

Vote yes or no.

Here is the current map of Kansas that shows the counties stand on this issue.

 

Contests on the ballot are the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives, the Kansas State offices of governor/lt. governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of insurance, 13th district state senator, 4th district house of representative, district 9 state board of education, district 1 Bourbon County Commissioner, Bourbon County Treasurer, Bourbon County Attorney, judges for the court of appeals, and district 6 court judge.

 

 

 

                

Letter to the Editor: Carolyn Tucker

To Drink or Not to Drink

by Carolyn A. Tucker

Drinking alcohol is like playing Russian roulette. Sometimes you get by and sometimes you die. Everybody has their opinion about consuming alcoholic beverages, so we should see what God says about it.

“Wine has robbed my people of their understanding” (Hosea 4:11 NLT). That’s plain and simple, no commentary needed.

God was speaking in the Old Testament and said, “I chose some of your sons to be prophets and others to be Nazirites. Can you deny this, my people of Israel?” asks the Lord. “But you caused the Nazirites to sin by making them drink wine, and you commanded the prophets, ’Shut up!’” (Amos 2:11,12 NLT).

In the Bible, the Nazirites were set apart for God’s use and were not to drink wine. Today, Christians should desire to be sanctified (set apart) and dedicated to doing God’s work.

In another scripture, God says, “Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you, ‘I’ll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!’ That’s just the kind of prophet you would like!” (Micah 2:11 NLT). That’s plain and simple, no commentary needed.

Now we should see what life says about drinking alcohol. My mother had twelve brothers and two of them had miserable lives as alcoholics. The obituary for H.R.J. stated “he departed this life following a long illness.” After brother E.A.J.’s death, his wife wrote in a letter to a family member, “I sympathize with drinkers. If Elmer had only realized how hard he made it on his girls he would have quit. I’m sure.” The autopsy report revealed that he died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver.

Drinking alcohol is like playing Russian roulette. Sometimes you get by and sometimes you die. It isn’t worth the risk. Perhaps you say, “I can handle it.” But what about your children and grandchildren that you influence…can they handle it?

KDOR reminds voters of free ID services

 

TOPEKA—Kansans who need a photo ID before the November 6th election can visit any driver’s license office, jump to the front of the line, and get one for free.

 

To ensure the ID is free, Kansans should specifically state they need it for voting. The cost for ID cards normally is $22.

 

“This service is always available and it’s important for us to remind voters that it’s an option ahead of the November 6th general election,” Director of Vehicles David Harper said.

 

For a list of driver’s license office locations and hours visit https://www.ksrevenue.org/dovstations.html.

Advanced Voting Has Begun

The vote here sign sits in front of the north wing of the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National.

Advanced voting is happening now through noon on November 5 on the first floor of the Bourbon County Courthouse, then on the November 6, registered votes vote in designated polling places. If you have any questions please call the County Clerk’s Office at 620-223-3800.