Early voting in the March 4 state primaries begins today and continues through Friday, Feb. 28. For the first time since Clay County was organized 140 years ago, all county offices will be decided in the Republican primary.
Ballot boxes for early voting will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Clay County Courthouse Annex, 215 N. Main St., Henrietta. Voters who choose to cast ballots on March 4 will do so in the polling place listed their voter registration card.
Voters in the republican primary will decide who serves as county judge and commissioner for road and bridge precincts 2 and 4.
For the office of county judge, A.J. Peek challenges longtime incumbent Kenneth Liggett. Both men are from Vashti. Peek was elected Precinct 4 Commissioner as a Republican in 2010 and is finishing his first term in office. Liggett was elected county judge in 1996. He is one of five incumbents to switch to the Republic Party.
Looking to fill Peek’s place as Precinct 4 Commissioner are Scott Graham of Bluegrove and Richard Keen of Buffalo Springs.
In precinct 2, Commissioner Johnny Gee of Dean faces challenger Van Blevins of Henrietta.
County Treasurer Debra Alexander, County Clerk Sasha Kelton and District Clerk Dan Slagle, are uncontested.
At the state level, voters will decide party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, commissioner of agriculture, railroad commissioner, attorney general and land commissioner, as well as several judicial offices. Voters also will choose party candidates for U.S. Congressional District 13.