Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s office received the names of eight people interested in fulfilling the unexpired term of 2nd District Neosho County Commissioner Jennifer Orr by Monday.

Ashley All, director of communications and strategy for Gov. Kelly, told the Sun that the governor received eight applications by deadline Monday.

The candidates are: Julie DeLange, Erie; Christopher Ellis, Erie; Nicholas Galemore, Chanute (a former county commissioner); David Orr of Chanute (Commissioner Orr’s ex-husband); Rick Ridout of Humboldt; Cary Schwab of Chanute; Mark Weaver of Chanute; and Stanley Wheeler of Chanute.

One candidate lives just outside of the district, so will not be eligible for the seat. All didn’t say which candidate would be eliminated.

The governor will choose Orr’s successor because Orr was not affiliated with a political party when she was elected, so the law that discusses party conventions does not apply and the position must be filled by direct appointment by the governor.

Qualified applicants from District 2 were to send a resume and cover letter, including current contact information, to the governor.

Candidates normally would pay a filing fee, but the commissioner chosen by the governor will not. If the candidate chooses to run for re-election in 2020, he or she would have to pay the filing fee.

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