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As the April 7, 2020 election approaches, governmental bodies are preparing for open filing dates for candidates and ballot issues. The following is a list of open filing dates that have been announced for governmental bodies of Clay County and those in Holt, Kearney, Liberty and Smithville that will have elections in April 2020.

Clay County

Public Health Center

Filing for Clay County Public Health Center’s Board of Directors will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays between Dec. 17 and Jan. 21, at the Clay County Election Board building, 100 W. Mississippi St. in Liberty.

Three seats are available, each carrying four-year terms. Seats are currently held by Pat Dixon, Courtney Cole and Dan Purdom.


Board of Aldermen

Filing for two, at-large seats on the Holt Board of Aldermen will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Dec. 17 and Jan. 21, at Holt City Hall, 315 Main St. Seats each carry a two-year term and are currently held by John Franke and Jerry Nicas.


School Board

Filing for Kearney School Board will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 to 21. Those interested can file at the district office, 150 Missouri Highway 92.

Expiring in April are three, three-year terms currently held by Dan Holloway, Matthew Hunt and Dan Weakley.

Board of Aldermen

Filing for one First Ward and one Second Ward seat on the Kearney Board of Aldermen will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 17 to Jan. 21, at Kearney City Hall, 100 E. Washington St.

The First Ward seat up for election is currently held by Gerri Spencer while the Second Ward seat is currently held by Marie Steiner. Both carry a two-year term.

Ballot question

In addition to deciding who will occupy two aldermanic seats on the April ballot, voters will be asked if term lengths for city aldermen should be doubled from two to four years. If approved by voters, the new term length would take effect with the 2021 spring election.


School Board

Liberty Public Schools will have three open board of education seats on the April ballot. All are three-year terms.

Board members whose terms are up in April are Angie Reed, AJ Byrd and Kim-Marie Graham.

Filing for these seats will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Filing will be unavailable during winter break from Dec. 23 to Jan. 5. Filing closes Jan. 21. Filing can be done at the LPS District Administration Building, 8 Victory Lane, Liberty.

Hospital Board

The Liberty Hospital Board has one seat up for election. Liberty Hospital is a public hospital and is governed by a six-member, publicly elected board of trustees who serve six-year terms.


School Board

Smithville School District’s board has three board of education members whose terms will end in April. Seats are currently held by Russell Fries, Denney Fales and Greg Chastain.

Filing for each of these three-year terms is open Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, and again from Jan. 6 to 21, 2020.

Those interested can file at the District Central Office, 655 S. Commercial Ave. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire District

Smithville Area Fire Protection District will have one, two-year term on the ballot. The seat is currently held by Duane Garmeson.

Filing is open Dec. 17 to Jan. 21, 2020. Filing can be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district’s station No. 2, located at 341 Park Drive.

Board of Aldermen

Three aldermanic seats, one in each ward, and the seat for Smithville mayor will be on the April ballot. Each term is for two years.

Open aldermanic seats are currently held by Steve Sarver, Josh Hurlbert and Marvin Atkins. The current mayor is Damien Boley.

Filing for candidates is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Dec. 17 to Jan. 21.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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