Dodge City Commission races will be competitive with two new entrants.

The Dodge City Commission elections on April 1 will be competitive, with five candidates registered to compete for three available seats.

Lily Zuniga and Jan Scoggins recently filed and will join newcomer Jeff Turner and incumbents Rick Sowers and Kent Smoll, who registered earlier. Jim Lembright, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission, is not seeking reelection.

Zuniga owns and operates West Coast Martial Arts and Lily's Jewelry and Pawn at 601 N. Second Ave. with her husband, Michael.

Scoggins is a former state representative for Dodge City, and has served as the executive director of the Crisis Center.

Voters can mark up to three candidates on the ballot. The top two candidates will serve four-year terms. The third place candidate will be up for election again in 2016. The single race is city-wide and non-partisan.

The 2012 election was not competitive and voter turnout reflected that fact, with only 377 votes cast.  

If more than nine people run, a primary election will be held in February.

Commissioners are paid $5,200 a year and can expect to spend about 6 to 8 hours a month in official meetings on top of other assumed duties.

Interested candidates can file to run with the county clerk or city clerk's offices. The filing deadline is noon on Jan. 21. The filing fee is $45, though $10 of the fee can be waived if the application is submitted with a petition signed by four qualified voters.

Candidates must be qualified Dodge City voters.