Candidates continue to file for spring election

Candidates continue to file for the spring election, which includes positions on area school boards and city councils.

The deadline to file for the April 7 election is Tuesday, Jan. 27, it has been reported.

Positions one, two, three and seven on Jackson Heights, Holton and Royal Valley school boards will be included on the spring ballot.

Incumbents Konrad Coe (position seven on the Jackson Heights board) and Pat Tuck (position three on the Royal Valley board) have recently filed for re-election.

Cindy Broxterman and Elizabeth Long-Smith have both filed for position seven on the Royal Valley Board of Education. That seat is currently held by Rusty Douglas, who has not yet filed for re-election.

In December, it was reported that incumbents Shelby Patch (position three on the Holton board), Boone Smith (position two on the Royal Valley board) and Neal Keeler (position three on the Jackson Heights board) had all filed for re-election. Orin Marshall of Holton has also filed for position two on the USD 336 Board of Education, which is currently held by Denise Sweet. Sweet has not yet filed for re-election.

To file for a school board positions, candidates must register at the Jackson County Clerk’s Office, located on the second floor of the Jackson County Courthouse in Holton. Candidates can register by paying a $5 filing fee or file by petition by obtaining signatures from a certain percentage of registered voters. The clerk’s office can inform candidates of their specific petition requirements. 

To determine whether you qualify as a candidate for a specific position on a school board based on where you reside, contact your local school district office or the county clerk’s office. A map of each voting district and the boundaries of each school board position is also available at the county’s website,

Several city council and mayoral positions in Jackson County’s cities – Circleville, Delia, Denison, Holton, Hoyt, Mayetta, Netawaka, Soldier, Wetmore, Whiting  –  will also be on the spring ballot.

Position one is the only seat on the Holton City Commission that will be included in this election. Incumbent Tim Morris has filed for re-election. Blair Wagner has also filed for this position, according to the city clerk’s office.

To file for a city council or mayoral position, candidates must register with their city clerk by paying a $5 filing fee. They may also file by petition by obtaining a certain amount of signatures from registered voters.

Four people filing for the same position would cause a primary election, it was reported. That election would be March 3.  

For more information about the election, call the Jackson County Clerk’s Office at 785-364-2891. 

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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