TOPEKA – When the gavel fell at noon today, 346 Republican and Democratic candidates had filed to appear on the Aug. 3rd primary ballot.
All state House of Representative Members are up for election as well as statewide offices such as governor, state treasurer and secretary of state. One U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, which Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is vacating to run for governor – that has generated a lot of interest for several candidates.
All the state’s Congressional districts are also up for election with three of the four incumbents not returning.
Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat and himself up for election and in a contested primary, said he was pleased with the turnout.
“I am encouraged to see so many Kansans make the decision to run for elected office this year,” Biggs said. “I believe that running for office is one of the most important forms of civic engagement.”
Independent candidates don’t have to file Aug. 2 at noon, so there could be more names added to the November ballot. Libertarian and Reform candidates have the same filing deadline as Republicans and Democrats.
More information on filling deadlines and how to file for office is available at the Secretary of State’s office here.
The full list of candidates who filed is available at http://www.kssos.org/elections/electionsupcomingcandidate.asp.