Mueller turns in over 500 petition signatures
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
On Monday, Kevin Mueller turned in well over the number of petition signatures he needs for a place on the Chase County ballot for sheriff.
However, whether he’s earned a place on the ballot by petition won’t be known until the signatures are verified by the county clerk’s office.
County Clerk Debbie Clark said 515 names were submitted by Mueller on the petition forms.
It might be several days before that verification process is completed. It’s budget preparation time, too, and Clark was in a commissioner’s meeting most of the day Tuesday.
Clark and her office staff will be checking the petition names to determine if they are registered voters, if the signatures match their voter records and birth dates are confirmed.
Mueller needs 369 good signatures to make the ballot in November. If he does, he’ll be up against incumbent Sheriff Tim Sutherland, a Republican, who advanced from the Primary without a General Election challenger.
Sutherland defeated Randy Jordan, another Republican, in the Primary Election. There were no Democratic candidates in May.
Mueller had a Sept. 1 deadline to turn in the petition signatures.