Deadline Near for Senate Applicants

People interested in appointment to the state senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. John Schiffer have a limited time to submit their applications.

A letter of interest and other materials must be submitted to either the Sheridan or Johnson county courthouse by 3 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Republican parties in both counties announced late last week that applications were being accepted, following the death of the senator on June 19. Jesus Rios, chairman of the Sheridan County party, said no applications had been received as of Friday morning.

In addition to the letter requesting appointment to the vacated senate seat, applicants are asked to submit a statement of why they are seeking the appointment, a short biography, and a statement of qualifications. Total documents are not to exceed three pages in length. The materials must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Johnson or Sheridan county clerk's office, depending on where the applicant lives.

Sheridan and Johnson county precinct committee people will meet at 5:30 on Tuesday at the Story Women's Club to consider applicants for the vacated senate seat. They will select three candidates, and will submit those names to the Sheridan and Johnson county commissioners. The commissioners will make the final decision on Senator Schiffer's successor.

Senate District 22 includes all of Johnson County and most of Sheridan County outside the city of Sheridan. The county Republican chairman said that includes the towns of Ranchester, Dayton and Clearmont.

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