Election Day is Nov. 7, with three competitive local races all on the line.
Arkansas City residents may vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Central Christian Church. Advance voting is available until noon Nov. 6 at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield.
The races for City Commission, USD 470 school board and Cowley College Board of Trustees seats all feature a larger number of candidates than seats to fill.
There is the potential in all three races for brand-new board members to replace incumbents.
Ark City Daily Bytes, along with the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, was host to a forum in October for all of the candidates.
Each of the boards’ segments from the forum can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2zaqCW6.
Surveys answered by some of the candidates also can be found at www.acdailybytes.com.
City Commission of Arkansas City
The City Commission candidates include two incumbents, Vice Mayor Karen Welch and Commissioner Jay Warren. Warren has served on the commission since 2009.
Welch has served since her appointment last summer, filling the unfinished term of Chad Giles.
Running against them are Kanyon Gingher, Richard Humphrey, Tim Perry and Milissa Robb.
Humphrey is moving out of state later this year. He already has resigned from the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board.
He announced earlier this fall that he will not be able to perform the obligations of office should he be elected next week.
“I will not be living in Ark City, or Kansas, by the time I would take office (in January),” Humphrey said.
His name will remain on the ballot, however, and he expects to still be an Arkansas City resident as of the Nov. 7 election. But “people should not vote for me,” Humphrey said.
USD 470 Board of Education
The USD 470 school board race features six candidates running for three seats.
One of the candidates, Lance Niles, currently is filling the seat vacated by Dr. Aaron Watters.
The other five candidates — Lori Barnes, Rhoda MacLaughlin-Ramirez, Damon Mendoza, Kate Reilly and Tyler Yung — have not yet served on the board.
Two current board members whose seats will expire, Daren Reese and Joe Woodard, did not file for re-election this year.
Cowley College Board of Trustees
The Cowley College Board of Trustees has four seats coming open this election.
Incumbents Ned Graham, Bob Juden and Brian Sanderholm all are running to retain their seats.
Fellow trustee Dennis Shurtz did not file for re-election.
The other four candidates running are Michael Bergagnini, Darrin Green, Jonathan Hansen and Gary Wilson.
Cowley College also will fill one new seat in Sumner County. Those candidates are Kay Ryan and Glennis Zimmerman.
The seat vacated by former trustee Sid Regnier still has not been filled.
However, some action in that regard could be seen following the election.
“Currently, the Board of Trustees has not decided on a specific course of action related to filling the vacant seat, which was held by … Regnier,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.
“The trustees plan to wait until after the general election in November before making a decision on this matter.”