A judge’s ruling expected this morning should shed light on whether a third candidate will be on the ballot Nov. 7 for a Missouri Senate seat from Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lee’s Summit.

Jacob Turk of Lee’s Summit, who has run for Congress several times in recent years as a Republican, has filed to run as an independent. He turned in a petition and hundreds of signatures to the Jackson County Election Board.

Turk would be taking on Republican state Rep. Mike Cierpiot and Democrat Hillary Shields, co-founder of Indivisible KC. Both are from Lee’s Summit. The seat was vacated several weeks ago with the resignation of Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican. The Nov. 7 special election will determine who fills out the last year of Kraus’ four-year term.

The Missouri secretary of state’s office has determined that Turk did turn in enough signatures to get on the ballot, but two Eastern Jackson County residents – Mary Elizabeth Potter of Blue Springs and Rand Wesley Hodgson of Oak Grove – sued Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to keep Turk off the ballot.

That went before Judge Daniel Green in Cole County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon. Jefferson City is the county seat of Cole County.

The Missouri Times, which covers state politics, reported late Monday that Green had struck many of the signatures but left Turk with enough to stay on the ballot.

Turk did not return a phone call Monday.

The timeframe to get this sorted out is tight. The election is six weeks from today, ballots have to be printed, and today is the first scheduled day of absentee voting.

The Community Services League this morning is holding a forum for candidates in the race. It’s at 7:30 at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 S.W. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.