Running for Kansas office? Friday marks final candidate filing day

Capitol Bureau

Friday marks the last day candidates running for Kansas office have to file to end up on the August ballot. 

This year, all 125 seats in the Kansas House are up for re-election. 

“There are dozens of legislative races where only one person has filed,” explained Director of Elections Brian Caskey. 

The races that are still open or currently un-opposed are typically where we see surprises on the final day of the filing deadline. 

“I think that we’re going to pick up House seats. I don’t know exactly how many, but I’m confident we’re going to increase our caucus,” explained Ethan Corson, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Kansas.

Corson said looking past the primary in August, he thinks Democrats could win some of the big statewide races come November. 

“We’ve got statewide candidates up and down the statewide ballot who are going to run really strong races and I expect that we’ll win some of those,” he said. 

One of the big statewide races includes the Second Congressional District. Democratic candidate Paul Davis has filed for that position along with seven Republicans. The seat is being vacated by Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. 

“Certainly we’re going to have primary challenges and it’s going to be competitive and the people deserve that,” explained Jim Joice, the Executive Director of the Kansas Republican Party. 

Joice said no matter the outcome in August, he thinks the district will stay red come November. 

“It’s an R+10 district. Paul Davis doesn’t really stand for anything more than impeachment process and I think the voters have spoken with how much they support the president that whoever gets out of that August primary will win,” said Joice. 

Both Corson and Joice say this election cycle is like no other because of the energy, which they hope lasts through November. 

“We’re seeing enthusiasm at levels that you really only see at presidential years.” explained Joice.

“I don’t think we’ve had an election cycle with as much energy,” said Corson. 

In order to file for office, candidates have to be in line at the Secretary of State’s office by noon Friday. 

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