Filings for the November 2020 Election in the County

John Horn votes during a 2017 election at the Bourbon County Courthouse.

The election process has begun and  this year the general election date is November 3,

“Filing deadline is noon, June 1st, 2020,” Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason said. “Anyone wanting to run for a local office can pick up the filing paperwork from my office.”


The county clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the north wing of the Bourbon County courthouse, 210 S. National Ave.


Since the interview, the courthouse has temporarily closed due to COVID 19 prevention measures.


“I am checking my emails on a regular basis,” Mason said on March 17. “if someone needs a packet they can email me with their mailing information and we will mail them a packet.  My email address is [email protected].”



At the county level, there have been some filings for Bourbon County Sheriff and two commission positions, Mason said.


So far this year, three men have applied to run for Bourbon County Sheriff:  Derick Burke, Bill Martin and Craig A. Rice

Fort Scott Police Department Officer Derick Burke. File photo. Burke is running for sheriff.


Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin. Submitted photo. Martin is running for sheriff.


Craig Rice. Courtesy photo by Merle Humphrey. Rice is running for sheriff.



Two Bourbon County Commission seats are up for election:

For Commission District #2 – Jeffrey Fischer and Jim Harris

For Commission District #3 – LeRoy “Nick” Ruhl

Jeff Fischer, District 2 Bourbon County Commissioner. He is running for his current position.
Jim Harris, Bourbon County Public Works Director. Harris is running for District 2 Commissioner.
Nick Ruhl, District 3 Bourbon County Commissioner. He is running for his current position.



“Elections in even years are in August and November,” Mason said. “A  law changed the odd-year elections from spring to fall.


As of last week, there are no amendments received to be put on the ballot,  Mason said.


The following is from the Bourbon County website:

Not sure if you’re registered to vote or where to vote?

You may register to vote online, through the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.

Check your voter registration status, the location of your polling place and view a sample ballot at VoterView by the Secretary of State.

Advance Voting is available prior to each election.  You may advance vote in one of two ways:  By mail, by filing an application for a ballot to be mailed to you   OR   in-person, beginning at least one week prior to any election.


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