February 11, 2016

County Commision Chair campaign finance reports available

Johnson County Commission Chair candidates reported more than $100,000 of cash on hand on the July 26 filing deadline. Current Chair Annabeth Surbaugh has almost twice the amount of campaign funding as her nearest fundraising competitor – Commissioner Ed Eilert.

At the time of filing, Surbaugh had than $67,000 on hand. Eilert reported more than $35,000 on hand.

Their competitors, former Commissioner John Segale and fomer Commissioner John Toplikar reported substantially less cash on hand heading into the Aug. 3 primary. Segale reported $300 and Toplikar reported $837.

Very few of the funds raised for the commissioner’s chair were donated from residents of Gardner, Edgerton or Spring Hill.

Claud Hobby, Edgerton, donated $100 to Surbaugh’s campaign. Ron Stiles, a Miami County Commissioner from Spring Hill, also donated $100 to Surbaugh’s campaign. Pam and Rod Richardson of Spring Hill each donated $250 to Surbaugh as well.

E.D. and J. Lathrum, Gardner, donated $20 to Toplikar. Linda Meisinger, Gardner, donated $100 to Toplikar and Rob and Joan Shippee donated $50 to Toplikar.

The Johnson County Election Office is in the process of posting all campaign finance reports online. However, the most recent reports can only be viewed at the election office in Olathe.

The race for Johnson County Commission Chair is a non-partisan race. The top-two finishers in the Aug. 3 primary will advance to the general election in November.

— Danedri Thompson


  1. I was up till after 11:00 P.M. talking to Election Commissioner Newby on line about getting these campaign finance reports on line as I had been talking to him about that for the past 1 or 2 years. Looks like we have a good start to getting the information on line, convenient and at zero cost to the people as it should be. I believe the site still needs to be fine tuned since I want all of those individual contributions shown on line as they should be.

    A good example of how government should work – FOR THE PEOPLE, CONVENIENT AND AT NO COST – Wish I could get the Gardner City Hall to practice a little of that instead of stonewalling when they feel like it!!!!! My kudos to Newby and all others responsible for bringing this about – now just give me the fine tuning and we will be set – at least for a little while.

  2. @ Judith says:

    You should count your lucky stars that people at City Hall even pick up the phone when you call.

  3. City Hall should count their lucky stars that I call them. Lots of nice people work for the city and do a wonderful job for the citizens. And then the city has some real jerks that should be fired…………same as everywhere else.

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