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Local election filings close Jan. 24
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Barton County residents who want to participate in the coming city elections still have a few days to file, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The election will be held on April 3.
The filing deadline for the elections is noon on Jan. 24, Zimmerman announced.
“Any registered voter residing in Great Bend or Hoisington, may file for election in the respective city clerk’s office and registered voters residing in Ellinwood may file either in the city clerk’s office, or the Barton County Clerk’s Office, Room 202,
1400 Main, Great Bend. 
“The following positions are open: One position for each of the four wards in the cities of Great Bend and Hoisington. Three positions at large for the city of Ellinwood.”
According to Great Bend City Clerk Wayne Henneke, the city positions that will be included in the election are those currently held by council members Bill Berryman, Joel Jackson, Randy Myers and Ken Roberts.
Zimmerman explained that, if there are enough filings, there could need to be primaries in some instances. “If the number of candidates filing for office necessitates a primary election, the primary election will be held on Feb. 28. Hoisington City Charter Ordinance No. 12 exempts the city of Hoisington from holding a city primary election,” she explained.
In addition to the city elections, on April 3 there will also be an election to choose a member of the Ellinwood Hospital District Board trustee,
Any registered voter who lives in the hospital district can file for that opening. The filing needs to be done before noon on Jan. 24 at the county clerk’s office. “The Ellinwood Hospital District includes all of Lakin Township (including Ellinwood City) and all of Comanche Township except the west two tiers,” the county clerk reported.
For more information on how to file or on the elections, contact the County Clerk’s Office, 793-1835.