With seven positions within county government opening up, the deadline to file for election is rapidly approaching.

    Those wishing to run for county attorney, county clerk, register of deeds, county treasurer, sheriff or one of two commission spots must have their declaration of intent filed by noon June 10.


    With seven positions within county government opening up, the deadline to file for election is rapidly approaching.
    Those wishing to run for county attorney, county clerk, register of deeds, county treasurer, sheriff or one of two commission spots must have their declaration of intent filed by noon June 10.
    Unlike city elections, all county elections are divided among party lines.
    County Clerk Vicki Wells said the Democratic party has announced it will have open primaries, meaning anyone can vote no matter how they are registered. It was unknown whether the Republican party would continue to have closed primaries, as it has in the past.
    Those wishing to run for office may file either by paying a fee of $35 or by collecting valid signatures from 3 percent of the party's registered voters in the county or district. For example, the sheriff, clerk, treasurer and register of deeds would need to collect at least 203 Republican signatures or 110 Democratic signatures.
    Ford County Commission incumbents T. Kim Goodnight and Terry Williams have both refiled to run for their positions. Commissioner John Swayze has two more years remaining in his term.
    Sharon Seibel and Karen Blankman have both filed for county clerk. Wells said she had decided to retire and would not seek re-election. Current register of deeds Brenda Pogue has filed to re-run, as has incumbent treasurer Debbie Pennington.
    No one had filed for the county attorney or sheriff's positions as of Thursday, although Sheriff Dean Bush said he intended to file next week.
    Terry Malone, a local attorney and member of the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees, announced his intention to run for the county attorney position earlier this year, but has not filed.
    A call to County Attorney John Sauer was not returned as of press time.
   
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