...Candidates for public office lined up at the Cass County Clerk's office in the Courthouse on the Harrisonville Square bright and early last Tuesday morning to file for the 2014 elections.
...Filing opened on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and runs until Tuesday, March 25.
...For the first time, candidates showing up at the Cass County Courthouse last Tuesday participated in a random drawing to determine whose name shows up first on the August primary ballot.
..."I thought the random drawing went smoothly," Cass County clerk Janet Burlingame said. "The drawing eliminated the need for candidates to 'camp out' at the County Clerk's Office before filing opened and allowed for a fairer ballot placement."
...Cass County voters will elect three associate circuit judges, a presiding county commissioner, county clerk, circuit clerk, county recorder of deeds, prosecuting attorney, county auditor and county collector in 2014.
...Fifteen candidates filed for those offices on opening day, but the only primary races so far are GOP races for presiding commissioner, Division III associate circuit judge and Cass County auditor.
...Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox will face a GOP primary race with challenger Dave Morris of Peculiar in August. Cox was elected presiding commissioner in 2012 to serve the remaining two years of Herschel Young's term after Young's removal from office because of a prior felony conviction.
...Associate Judge Meryl Lange will face a challenge from Belton attorney Stacey J. Lett in the Republican Party primary on August 5. Judge Lange was appointed to the bench by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon after Associate Judge William B."Bill" Collins was elected presiding judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in 2012.
...And Cass County auditor Ron Johnson of Peculiar will find himself in a GOP primary race with challenger Ryan Wescott of Peculiar. Johnson was elected to his
first term as county auditor in 2010.
...Division IV associate judge Mike Rumley of Creighton and Division V associate judge Daniel W. Olsen both filed for re-election last Tuesday, but so far face no opposition in either the
Republican Party primary or the general election in November.
...Kim York of Raymore filed as a Republican candidate for circuit clerk last week. So far, she has no opposition in either the GOP primary in August or general election in November. The current circuit clerk Amy Bell was suspended from office last summer for mismanagement of funds and failure to preserve court records. Misdemeanor charges brought against her by the Missouri Attorney General's Office are pending.
...County clerk Janet Burlingame of Harrisonville has no opposition in her campaign
for re-election in the Democratic Party primary in August, but will face GOP challenger Mike Vinck of Raymore in the general election this November.
...Prosecuting attorney Teresa Hensley of Raymore also has no opposition in the Democratic Party primary, but will be opposed by GOP challenger Ben Butler in November.
...So far, county recorder of deeds Mike Medsker of Raymore has no oppostion in his bid for re-election in either the GOP primary in August or the general election in November.
...County collector Pam Shipley of Archie also has no opposition so far in either the
August primary or November general election.
...Candidates for Congress and state offices lined up at the secretary of state's office in Jefferson City last Tuesday to file for the 2014 election.
...Candidates showing up on Tuesday also participated in a random drawing to determine whose name shows up first on the August primary ballot.
...All 163 state House seats are up for re-election as well as 17 State Senate seats. The Republicans currently hold 108 seats in the House and have 24 of the Senate's 34 spots.
...The state auditor's race is the only statewide contest on the ballot. Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is seeking re-election and was the only candidate to file on opening day. So far, he has no announced opposition.
...All eight of Missouri's U.S. House members also face reelection.
...U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) did not file in Missouri's 4th Congressional District on opening day, but Randall (Randy) Langkraehr of Warrensburg and Herschel L. Young of Harrisonville have both declared themselves candidates for Congress on the Libertarian ticket.
...State Representative Donna Pfautsch (R-Harrisonville) filed for her second term in the Missouri Legislature on opening day and so far has no opposition in either the GOP primary in August or the general election in November.
...No candidates filed in State Representative Rick Brattin's 55th District on opening day.
...Janet Bondon of Belton is the only candidate in the 56th District so far in either the GOP primary or November general election. State Representative Chris Molendorp (R-Belton) is not expected to be a candidate for re-election in 2014.