Filing for those running for county offices starts today, and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp is trying to avoid a long line of people at midnight. Office-seekers often want to get in early to get as high on the ballot as possible, which is thought to be an advantage on election day.

Today’s the day, and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp is trying to keep things orderly.


Filing for those running for county offices starts today, and Sharp is trying to avoid a long line of people at midnight. Office-seekers often want to get in early to get as high on the ballot as possible, which is thought to be an advantage on election day.


Sharp was making a signup list available at the close of business Monday, 5 p.m. The west entrance to the downtown Kansas City Courthouse is open at night, so candidates could come in and sign up when they wish.


“And that’ll be your spot in line,” Sharp said.


That means they can come into the office when it opens at 7 a.m. and not have to jostle for a place in line.


County Legislator Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs, is running for a second term but said he’ll skip the early morning dash. 


“I’m going to stroll over about 10:30, when the rush is over,” he said.


All nine current county legislators have said they are running for re-election. Terms are for four years. The primary election is Aug. 3, and the general election is Nov. 2.


Legislators met for less than 10 minutes on Monday. Aside from Sharp’s update, they heard from County Executive Mike Sanders that he’s about ready to name the members of the County Charter Review Commission. He said a couple of spots remain open.


Sanders has said the charter hasn’t had a good review in decades and that some of the reforms he’s implemented since taking office he’d like to see written into law.


 


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Today also is the first day of filing for statewide offices, including Missouri House and Senate races.