In this presidential election year it can be easy to overlook local races, however several local, county and statewide seats are up for election as well.
In the city of Columbus Dale Burton and Joyce Begando have both filed for the Ward 1 council seat currently held by John Paradee.
Deadline for filing is noon Jan. 24.
At the county level Juanita Hodgson has filed for reelection as Cherokee County Treasurer, Jack Garner has filed for reelection as second district county commissioner and Fred Low has filed to replace current third district county commissioner Richard Hilderbrand.
Low, Garner and Hodgson are all Democrats, Hilderbrand is a Republican. Hilderbrand has said he plans to file for reelection next week.
Deadline for filing for county offices is noon, June 1.
In Baxter Springs, Mike Kaufmann has filed for reelection in Ward 4. Don Underwood has filed for election to the Ward 3 council seat, to which he was appointed by Mayor Jenifer Bingham. He is being challenged by Randal Trease.
Deadline for filing is also noon Jan. 24.
(Editor's note, this story originally read filing deadline for county-wide offices was noon, Jan. 24. This was inncorrect. The CCNA regrets the error.)