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Nelson Blythe Selected to Fill District 1 Commissioner Position

Nelson and Euna Blythe.
A convention of the Bourbon County Republican party committee members was held on August 4 to decide  who would fill Lynne Oharah’s Bourbon County Commissioner District 1 position.
To view a prior story on Oharah’s resignation:
After the rules of selection were explained, the Republican committee had two individuals who asked to be considered:  Donald Coffman and Nelson Blythe.
Mark McCoy. Submitted photo.
“Each candidate was given three minutes to address our meeting, after this portion, the candidate and any of the public were asked to leave,” said Chairman Mark McCoy. “Much discussion took place amongst us. A motion was made to appoint Mr. Blythe by an acclamation motion, it was seconded, and all in attendance answered  in the affirmative.”
The required state form was sent certified mail on Friday, August 5 to the governor’s office, McCoy said.
“In my experience, the governor will notify our county clerk within 10 days,” he said.
Nelson Blythe will start mid-August as the new commissioner.
Nelson Blythe

Nelson Blythe, 28, worked as a deputy for the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office for approximately four years. Since 2021, he has worked as a deputy for the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff in Linn County is flexible in scheduling personnel, he said, and that will allow him to be present at the commission meetings, which typically meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at the courthouse.

One thing that motivated him to run for the commissioner position was being involved in Bourbon County.

“When I went to Linn County, I didn’t like missing out on what is going in Bourbon County,” he said.

“I maintained good working relationships with most of the people who work in the court house, especially in the county attorney’s office,” according to a press release from Blythe. “I believe that my professional relationship with the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office will help smooth the sometimes rocky relationship with the commission.”

Additionally,  Blythe said he is glad he will be “in a position to defend our rights from state and federal governance.”

“Local elected officials need to be willing to stand up to state and federal authorities that violate the Constitution,” he said. “This isn’t an extreme view. It is a methodical, constitutional, conservative, law-abiding, Christian mindset.”

Blythe has been married to Euna for six years.

He is the son of Bud and Lee Belle Blythe of rural Uniontown. He lives on part of the farm that has been handed down in his family for over 150 years.  His grandparents were Kaley and Julia Blythe.

He is the youngest of Bud and Lee Belle’s five children and one of the three triplets. His older brother, Paden, works for the Fort Scott Police Department; his older sister, Katie Dyastra lives with her husband and three children in Fort Scott, and his sister, Hannah Stark and husband live in Fort Scott.

His identical twin brother, Kaley, is married to Kelsey and they have one child. He also lives on a part of the Blythe family farm.

Blythe earned a bachelors of science degree from Pittsburg State University in business administration.

 

 

 

 

Constitutional Amendment Question: Yes, in Bourbon County, but No Kansas Totals

Click below to view the unofficial primary election results submitted by Ashley Shelton, Bourbon County Clerk.

Most incumbents faired well in this election and the constitutional amendment proposed vote was Yes with 2, 335 votes and No-1,662 in Bourbon County. (See page 26 of the submitted documents)

UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY 2022 RESULTS

The state of Kansas election total results are different on this issue.

Kansans as a whole voted no on this constitutional amendment on abortion.

To view the Associated Press release:

https://apnews.com/article/2022-primary-elections-kansas-abortion-b6d62a852c2ce4617f2c03589fbb523e

Bo Co Dems Serve Breakfast at Farmers Market July 23

The Bourbon County Democrats will be serving breakfast and brunch at the Farmers Market on Saturday, July 23rd.
Please join them between 8 a.m. and noon for breakfast casserole, coffee cake, and fruit.  Ham sliders will also be offered after ten!

Submitted by Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
620 215 1505
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Chamber to host Election Candidate Forum on July 25

Chamber to host Election Candidate Forum

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces an Election Candidate Forum will be held on Monday, July 25th at the Ellis Fine Arts Center located at 2108 S. Horton St. in Fort Scott. Doors will open for a Meet & Greet with the candidates at 5:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Candidates from the following offices have been invited to participate in the Primary Election Forum: United States Senate, United States House of Representatives – 2nd District, Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, State Representative – 4th District, Member – State Board of Education – 9th District, County Commissioner – 1st District, County Clerk, and County Attorney.

Residents of the community are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates to the Chamber by Thursday, July 21st by 5:00 p.m.  Questions may be emailed to [email protected], mailed to 231 E. Wall St., or dropped off in person.  The forum will also be broadcast live on the Facebook page Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.  Candidates in these races are asked to RSVP to the Chamber by July 21st to confirm attendance.

Contact the Chamber for more information at 620-223-3566.

All Registered Kansas Voters Will Be Allowed to Vote on Abortion Regulation

Today, July 12,  is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation.

This year a constitutional amendment known as “Value Them Both” will be on the ballot during the Kansas primary election on August 2, 2022.

This year, the constitutional amendment will be on ALL ballots.

“There is a nonpartisan ballot that will be for everyone other than Democrat of Republican voters, with only the amendment question, so that everyone that is registered will have the opportunity to vote in the 2022 Primary election,” Bourbon County Clerk Ashley Shelton said.

Below is the proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that will be voted on in the August primary election, according to https://sos.ks.gov/elections/constitutional-amendment.html

Ballot iconValue Them Both Amendment will be on the
State of Kansas Official Primary Election Ballot.
On August 2, 2022  the following question will be on the ballot for all registered voters.
Regulation of abortion.
Because Kansans value both women
and children, the constitution of the
state of Kansas does not require
government funding of abortion
and does not create or secure a
right to abortion. To the extent
permitted by the constitution of the
United States, the people, through
their elected state representatives
and state senators, may pass laws
regarding abortion, including, but
not limited to, laws that account
for circumstances of pregnancy
resulting from rape or incest, or
circumstances of necessity to save
the life of the mother.
Vote:
O Yes
O
Explanatory statement.
The  Value Them Both Amendment
would affirm there is no Kansas
constitutional right to abortion or
to require the government funding
of abortion, and would reserve
to the people of Kansas, through
their elected state legislators,
the right to pass laws to regulate
abortion, including, but not limited
to, in circumstances of pregnancy
resulting from rape or incest, or
when necessary to save the life of
the mother.A vote for the Value Them Both
Amendment would affirm there
is no Kansas constitutional right
to abortion or to require the
government funding of abortion,
and would reserve to the people of
Kansas, through their elected state
legislators, the right to pass laws to
regulate abortion.

A vote against the Value Them
Both Amendment would make no
changes to the constitution of the
state of Kansas, and could restrict
the people, through their elected
state legislators, from regulating
abortion by leaving in place
the recently recognized right to
abortion.

Kansas residents can check their voter registration status or register to vote through: https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView

Bourbon County Dems Summer Social is July 17

Bourbon County Democrats will hold their Summer Social on Sunday, July 17th, from 2 – 4 p.m., in the Buck Run Community Center’s Little Gym.
Provided will be cool refreshments, music by the Hemphills, drawings, and a silent auction.
Guest speakers will be Jeanna Repass, who is running for Kansas Secretary of State, and Reverend Mark Holland, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Join them for an entertaining and informative afternoon. Anyone in the community is invited to join, as this is a social event.

Submitted by Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
620 215 1505
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History of White Supremacy and current state of it.
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AD: Nelson Blythe For Bourbon County Commissioner District 1

Nelson and Euna Blythe.

Hello Bourbon County residents, my name is Nelson Blythe and I am running for County Commissioner District 1 as a Republican. I am a lifelong resident of the area and am dedicated to this community. When considering who to vote for August 2, this is what you should know about me.

 

  1. First and foremost I’m a devout Christian. What I mean by that is I believe the Bible is the holy, inspired, infallible word of God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and he is King of the universe, and that reality has political ramifications. I would dare to say most people in Bourbon County would identify as Christian, and I think it’s important for people in government to act like they are.

 

  1. I’m very conservative in my politics. I believe the role of government is to promote the general welfare of the people, not by constant regulating and steering economy, but by removing barriers and allowing people the freedom to work and conduct business, which will in turn, help economic development. I understand that what this county needs is more industry so the tax burden is spread over more tax payers, rather than a smaller group bearing the brunt of it. I am a firm supporter of property rights and would work carefully to protect them against certain policies that may threaten them, such as zoning.

 

  1. I worked for the county for approximately four and a half years. I maintained good working relationships with most of the people who work in the court house, especially in the County Attorney’s Office. I believe that my professional relationship with the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office will help smooth the sometimes rocky relationship with the commission.   The areas of county government that I am less familiar with, I have made efforts to learn. For example, meeting with public works personnel and taking  a tour of public works.

 

4. I take my job, whatever it may be, extremely seriously. As a Sheriff’s Deputy in Bourbon County, I was relentless in pursuing methamphetamine related crimes and other criminal activity, while at the same time, honoring the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I did my best to treat all people with respect and to keep in mind the principle of innocent until proven guilty. That being said, I am not wishy washy, I do not cater to whining and complaining from people I have caught engaged in criminal activity. One of my main duties as a Sheriff’s Deputy is to detect and deter criminal activity, and to prepare solid cases for prosecution. If you are good at a job like that, there will be some people who do not like it and will try to slander you. I never apologize for being good at my job.  I have taken that same mindset and work ethic to Linn County where I currently work as a Deputy. By the grace of God, if I were to be elected, I would take that work ethic to the Bourbon County Commission.

 

I would appreciate your vote August 2.

 

 

Bo Co Dems Meet June 19

The Bourbon County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 19th, 2022, in Gunn Park Shelter House #1 at 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Representative Christina Haswood
Family and friends are welcome on this holiday (Juneteenth and Fathers Day).
Please bring a lawn chair, if you wish, for your comfort.  You may text or call 620 215 1505 for more information.
Submitted by

Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
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August 2: Kansas Decides On Abortion and Five Vie For Commissioner Position

A sign in front of the Bourbon County Courthouse in Nov. 2021.
For the August 2, 2022 election, there will be a Kansas Official Primary Election Constitutional Amendment question on abortion.
“Because Kansans value both women and children, the Kansas constitution does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion,” according to information on the ballot.
“As permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion…laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother,” according to the ballot.
The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas
constitutional right to abortion or
to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

“A vote
for the Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there
is no Kansas constitutional right
to abortion or to require the
government funding of abortion,
and would reserve to the people of
Kansas, through their elected state
legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion,” according to the question that will be on the ballot.

“A vote
against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people…from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.”
To view the ballot, provided by the Bourbon County Clerks Office:

2022-Primary-Election-Constitutional-Amendment-HCR-5003

The deadline to register as a candidate was June 1.

The election will decide who will be the Bourbon County District 1 Commissioner, county clerk, county attorney, township clerks and committee members.

Those who have registered as candidates in Bourbon County’s primary election are provided by the county clerk’s office:

Commissioner District #1
Clinton L. Walker (DEM)
Nelson Blythe (REP)
Donald E Coffman (REP)
Matthew J. Crystal (REP)
Lynne D. Oharah (REP)
County Clerk
Ashley Shelton (REP)
County Attorney
Tiana McElroy (REP)
Drywood Township Clerk
Laura Krom (REP)
Marmaton Township Clerk
Kristin Duffey (REP)
Scott Township Clerk
Donald Banwart (REP)
Timberhill Township Clerk
Jan Laughlin (REP)
1st Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Bill Michaud (REP)
Jennifer Michaud (REP)
2nd Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Laurie Rena Uhler (REP)
Robert James Uhler (REP)
3rd Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
No candidates filed
4th Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Jack E Hemphill (DEM)
Sandra K Hemphill (DEM)
Kathrine E. Wells (REP)
Matthew W. Wells (REP)
5th Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Carol MacArthur (DEM)
Jana R. Walker (REP)
Shane A. Walker (REP)
6th Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Diana L. Morriss (DEM)
Rhonda Dunn (REP)
Douglas E. Niemeir (REP)
7th Ward Committeeman/Committeewoman
Patty Love (REP)
Glenn Rash (REP)
Drywood Committeeman/Committeewoman
Larry Shead (REP)
Vickie Shead (REP)
Franklin Committeeman/Committeewoman
Kaitlyn Bradbury (REP)
Tony B. Bradbury (REP)
Freedom Committeeman/Committeewoman
Lawrence O. Paddock (REP)
Janice Seested (REP)
Marion Committeeman/Committeewoman
Carol J. George (DEM)
Marmaton Committeeman/Committeewoman
Kathrine Hall (DEM)
Mark S. Hall (DEM)
Celena (CJ) Robison (REP)
Charles Robison (REP)
Millcreek Committeeman/Committeewoman
Matthew J Crystal (REP)
Michael Keyes (REP)
Osage Committeeman/Committeewoman
Carol Creager (REP)
Marvin Creager (REP)
Pawnee Committeeman/Committeewoman
Shirley J. Palmer (DEM)
Kevin Wagner (REP)
Rachel M Wagner (REP)
South Scott Committeeman/Committeewoman
Anne Dare (REP)
Roy Dare (REP)
North Scott Committeeman/Committeewoman
Constance Jeanne Gates (DEM)
David Eugene Gates (DEM)
Bill R. Lalman (REP)
Glenda F. Lalman (REP)
Timberhill Committeeman/Committeewoman
Dan Laughlin (REP)
Jan Laughlin (REP)
Clinton L. Walker (DEM)
Rachel Walker (DEM)

 

Bo Co Democrats Meets May 15

Bourbon County Democrats meet on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Scott Community College Ellis Building, H-121.
GOTV 22 information, orientation, and volunteer training.
Guest Speakers: Shelley Dunham and Dan Knupp
Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
620 215 1505
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