December 18, 2017 – Seward County
Commissioner (District 5) Jack Jacob has announced his intent to resign his position effective December 31, 2017. Commissioner Jacob and his family
will be moving for another employment opportunity
. His resignation means that his position will have to be filled by appointment. That process is handled by the Seward County Republican Party,
and a local convention will be called to select the replacement. Local party officials are working to understand the process so that it can be accurately explained. The process involves a combination of both Kansas Law, along with Rules set forth by the Republican Party of the State of Kansas. More specific information will be released as soon as party officials are comfortable they are releasing accurate information about the process. Meanwhile, here are a few details:
•The replacement candidate has to live in Seward County- District 5, and must be a registered member of the Republican Party. Please visit
https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.door call the Seward County
Clerk at 620-626-3355 to inquire about your registration and District location.
•The convention to select the replacement has to occur 21 days after the Governor’s office receives a resignation letter. The 21 day
period does not start to run with the verbal announcement. The effective date is also irrelevant. It is the receipt of the letter by the Governor that triggers the process.
•Once the local party chair (Nathan McCaffrey) receives confirmation of the resignation from the Governor’s office, a date will be selected within the 21 daytime frame for the convention. More specific information will be released about the selection process and convention format later.
•The position will be selected by a vote of the precinct committee members of District 5. Commission District 5 consists of 4 precincts (2 positions in each precinct – man/woman). The selection will be by secret ballot and the person who receives the majority of the precinct votes will fill the position.
•At this time, it is believed that the District 5 position would also be up for election in 2018 because the resignation has occurred before the mid-point of the term. The candidate selected at the convention would serve for 2018, but would face an election to serve the remainder of the term beyond 2018. Others could also file to run for the position. The term is a 4 year term, and is regularly up for election in 2020.
Additional information and details will be provided later. Please email Nathan McCaffrey at [email protected]
with any questions.