There has been ample media coverage of the upcoming general election and how close the race for president might be. There are also races locally that now have competing candidates. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the campaigning and develop an attitude that an individual voter can't make a difference.
EDITOR'S NOTE: With the 2016 general election looming Tuesday, candidates at all levels have had to file their final pre-election campaign finance reports by Monday, Oct. 31. Candidates for federal offices (Senate, Congress and the presidency) file with the Federal Election Commission. Candidates in Kansas for state, city and county offices file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. This is the first of a three-part series detailing these reports.
When Hanston Republican Larry Salmans opted not to seek reelection for the 33rd Kansas Senate District seat, there was no incumbent. This opened the door for a new candidate from each party to square off in the Nov. 8 general election.
As of the Monday deadline to file campaign finance reports, Kansas First District congressional candidate Roger Marshall had $86,214 on hand after receiving contributions totalling $1,176,285, and his Independent rival Alan LaPolice had $41,715 available after net contributions of $98,671.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning reappointed Troy Bailey of Claflin and Leon Steiner of Hoisington to the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board. Their uncompensated terms will expire Aug. 1, 2019.
Halloween spending is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year - $1.5 billion more than in 2015. Of that, $3 billion will be on costumes, $550 million will be on candy and another $300 billion on ticket sales to haunted houses.
Sadly, there has been much wild speculation surrounding voter fraud and election rigging, This paranoia at the national level has rubbed off on some local residents who have begin to doubt the integrity of the election process.
A steady stream of voters flowed through the Barton County clerk's second-floor courthouse office Wednesday afternoon. They stood at the black machines casting their advance ballots ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
The Barton County Health Department has given over 2,000 flu shots since September, plus another 2,000 so far this month, Health Director Shelly Schneider told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a letter supporting Sunflower Diversified Services' application for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant applications. The funds would be used to continue the operation of the General Public Transportation System.