As the noon Monday deadline for candidates to file looms, the current roster of local candidates is starting to take shape.

At the local level, incumbent Riley County commissioners Greg McKinley and Kathryn Focke are unopposed in the second and third districts. All other county level races feature incumbents who are running unopposed.

Pottawatomie County has four seats on the upcoming primary ballot for the county commission, which is expanding from three to five seats. In district two, former county clerk Nancy McCarter and resident Merl Page have filed. Both are registered Republicans. Incumbent Pat Weixelman is not seeking re-election. In district three, Republican incumbent Greg Riat is opposed by Bill Drew. The newly formed district four features five total candidates, including Republicans Michel Kerwood, Paul Strunk, Hans Tessmann and Gary Yenzer. Judd McCormack has also filed as an independent and will automatically advance to the November ballot. District five has three Republican candidates, including Armon Bosse, Chuck Depew and Terry Force.

Pottawatomie County voters will also elect a new Sheriff this year. Current Undersheriff Doug Adams will be opposed on the ballot by St. Marys Police Chief Derek Cid. The County Attorney candidates include newcomers Chris Biggs and John Paul Washburn. All other county level races feature incumbents who are running unopposed.

At the state level in the Manhattan area, the following candidates have filed for the upcoming election
Manhattan area House Districts:
51st – East Manhattan to Wamego/rural Pottawatomie County
Eli Kormanik (R-Alta Vista)
Megan Steele (R-Manhattan)
(Incumbent is Kenny Titus, but he’s seeking a Senate seat in district 18)
64th – North Riley and Clay County
Bill Bloom (R-Clay Center) – incumbent
66th – Manhattan area
Sydney Carlin (D-Manhattan) – incumbent
67th – Manhattan area
Kim Zito (D-Manhattan)
Angel Roeser (R-Manhattan)
(Mike Dodson is the Republican incumbent from Manhattan, but is not seeking re-election)
Manhattan area Senate Districts
17th – Junction City, Geary, Lyon and Morris counties
Mike Argabright (R-Olpe)
Lillian Lingenfelter (D-Emporia)
David Schneider (R-Milford)
(Incumbent Jeff Longbine is retiring from his Senate seat)
18th – Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Jefferson counties
Kenny Titus (R-Manhattan) (currently House Rep. from 51st District)
Matthew Robin (D-Wamego)
(Incumbent Republican Kristen O’Shea, of Topeka announced she is not seeking re-election)
22nd – Manhattan, Riley County
Usha Reddi (D-Manhattan) incumbent
Brad Starnes (R-Riley)
(Reddi was appointed
Federal Level Races
House of Representatives – District 1
Tracey Mann (R-Salina) incumbent
Paul Buskirk (D-Lawrence)
House of Representatives – District 2
Matt Kleinmann (D-Kansas City)
Jeff Kahrs (R-Topeka)
*Derek Schmidt (R-Independence)
Shawn Tiffany (R-Delavan)
Chad Young (R-Lawrence)
(Incumbent Jake LaTurner is not seeking re-election. Schmidt is the former Kansas Attorney General and a 2022 gubernatorial candidate)
House of Representatives – District 3
Sharice Davids (D-Kansas City) incumbent
Karen Crnkovich (R-Olathe)
Prasanth Reddy (R-Lenexa)
House of Representatives – District 4
Esau Freeman (D-Sedgwick)
Ron Estes (R-Wichita) incumbent
Kansas State Board of Education – Seat 2
Melanie Haas (D-Overland Park) incumbent
Fred Postlewait (R-Kansas City)
Kansas State Board of Education – Seat 4
Kris Meyer (D-DeSoto)
Kansas State Board of Education – Seat 6
Beryl Ann New (D-Topeka)
Bruce Schultz (R-Wamego)
Kansas State Board of Education – Seat 8
Betty Arnold (D-Wichita) – incumbent
Kansas State Board of Education – Seat 10
Marvin Miller (R-Wichita)
Debby Potter (R-Garden Plain)

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