Following the June 1 deadline for county elections, registered candidates will now look towards the Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election and the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.
Most county officials are on the ballot this year, with a pair of county commissioners seats up for election.
The second district, which had been expanded following the release of the 2010 Census numbers (see ‘Divide and Concur’ Signal Feb. 22, 2012), will have a contested general election with two Republican candidates and one Democrat candidate filing for the vacated seat.
Current Second District Commissioner Don Richards did not seek re-election.
Dale “Gene” West and Bert Lowery have both filed as Republicans.
Bonnie Kuhn has filed as a Democrat.
West and Lowery will compete for the Republican line on the fall ticket in the August primary. Kuhn, as an uncontested Democrat, will most likely be on the November ticket, barring a successful write-in candidate.
The third district, which remained mostly unchanged from the 2010 census, has two candidates, Ronald Freeman and Earl Liggett. Freeman, the incumbent, will run uncontested in the August primary as the lone Republican, as will Liggett, who filed as the lone Democrat.
Current Kiowa County Sheriff Kendal Lothman will seek re-election and will face Paul Alvarez for the county’s top law enforcement position. Both men filed as Republicans.
Current Deputy County Clerk Kristi Odle has filed for the vacant county clerk position — as current clerk Carmen Renfrow will not seek re-election — as has current Register of Deeds Marilyn Brown. Both Brown and Odle have filed as Republicans.
Kiowa County District Attorney Candice Lattin has filed for re-election as has an opponent in current Assistant Ford County Attorney J. Scott James.
Lattin and James have both filed as Republicans and will be on the Aug. 7 primary ticket.
Karen Butler of Haviland will run uncontested for register of deeds, Ann L. Dixson, the sitting district magistrate judge will run uncontested, as will current County Treasurer Brenda Osborne.
All of the county candidates will be invited to participate in the upcoming “Kiowa County Town Hall Debates” sponsored by the Kiowa County Chamber of Commerce and The Kiowa County Signal.