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GOP nominates Mason as clerk

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Laurie Sisk/Tribune Ballots are collected during voting for an interim Bourbon County Clerk during a special Bourbon County Republican Central Committee meeting Wednesday evening. The convention was conducted in the Heritage Room of the administration building at Fort Scott Community College. Via secret ballot, Kendell Dawn Mason was chosen to fill out the rest of County Clerk Joanne Long's term.(Laurie Sisk/Tribune)
Bourbon County Republicans acted swiftly in naming a nominee to fill the vacancy created by outgoing Bourbon County Clerk Joanne Long during a convention of committee members on Wednesday night in the Heritage Room of the administration building at Fort Scott Community College.

With a unanimous vote of 29 of the county's 36 republican committee members voting, including two votes by proxy, local GOP members selected Kendell Dawn Mason to fill the post after Long leaves for work in the private sector on Monday.

"I am honored, obviously," Mason said after receiving the nomination. "I care about the county. I care about the employees, and I care what happens in the county and I want to help."

Local republicans have 24 hours to submit their nominee to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for appointment, but Long said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office requested that she email the nominee's name to the governor's office on Wednesday night so the governor may have it by morning.

"They want to make sure they get it fast," Long said.

If the governor approves the nomination, Mason will begin work as the new county clerk on Tuesday.

Should the governor not approve the nomination, Deputy County Clerk Angi Timi would fill the position until another person is nominated and approved. Timi replaced former Deputy Clerk Tony George, who resigned last Friday.

Mason was the only nomination from the convention, and if approved by the governor, will serve until noon on Jan. 14, 2013, when the newly elected clerk will take office. Mason is the Republican nominee who defeated the incumbent Long in the Aug. 7 Republican primary. She will be running against Democrat Evelyn Taylor in the Nov. 6 general election.

Long had earlier said selecting Mason would be a good choice because if Mason won in the general election, it would make for an even smoother transition into office should she be elected.

Mason served in the county clerk's office for more than seven years and said she hopes to put that experience to work for the citizens of Bourbon County.

"I want to make this a smooth transition," Mason said. "I have the experience and I want to help."

Long's next employer, Computer Information Concepts, has offered to pay her to help with the upcoming election, should her replacement so desire. CIC is the vendor that supplies much of the software, including election software, that the county currently uses.

"I have thought about that and her help would be welcome," Mason said.

To the people of Bourbon County, Mason had one message about the Nov. 6 general election.

"Thank you for getting out and voting and I encourage people to get out and vote."

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