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Courtney Gilbert
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Hi everyone!

It's been an honor to serve as your Geary County Clerk. I am seeking election for the 4 year term of Geary County Clerk again in the upcoming elections. A little about me! I was born and raised here in Junction City. I've been married to my husband, David Gilbert for over 10 years and we have two children together! I am heavily involved in the community, serving as the current President of JC Noon Kiwanis, Chairman of the Junction City/Geary County Crime Stoppers, Treasurer for Geary County LEO Support Auxiliary and my husband and I also coach local youth sports. I have 16+ years of management experience, being in a supervisory role for my entire adulthood. I have completed multiple leadership courses and certifications over the years. In addition, an extensive financial background. My previous career prior to being appointed Geary County Clerk in May of 2023, was branch manager for a local bank for 7 years. I have always had a strong desire to serve my community. I have been grateful for this opportunity to serve in the biggest capacity I can. While being County Clerk, I have developed a passion for conducting fair and transparent elections, increasing voter education & registration, serving the taxpayers with a smiling face and wonderful customer service, going above and beyond and selflessly working towards a stronger community. I am hopeful to continue to serve as your Geary County Clerk! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time!

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Bobby Miller
Bobby Miller for County Commissioner District 3

I was born in Westmoreland, KS and raised primarily in Texas as my dad was in the US Army.
We moved back to Westmoreland after my dad retired from the Army. I graduated from
Westmoreland High School and began raising my family there. I have two grown children, and
my wife, Lisa, has three. We have been married for eight years and enjoy spending time with
our children and our three grandsons. We also love to camp and ride our horses around the
ranch. I currently ranch and farm southeast of Junction City as well as in the Westmoreland
area. Prior to ranching full time, I spent eleven years in the Pottawatomie County Appraiser’s
office and another eleven years as the Wabaunsee County Appraiser. During those 22 years, I
served on several committees and boards for related county appraiser organizations. These
prior activities have provided me valuable experience in working with teams and serving the
public. My goal when I am elected to the county commission is to assure accountability in
spending of public tax dollars, focus on essentials including infrastructure and safety, and to
gain insight into what my constituents want to see in our community.
Paid for by: Bobby Miller for County Commissioner, Alanna Labarge Treasurer
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Argabright files for Kansas Senate

OLPE, KANSAS -- Mike Argabright, a resident of Olpe and lifelong Republican, filed
May 6 to run for the Kansas Senate in District 17. The district encompasses Lyon
County, Morris County and parts of Geary County, including Junction City.
Argabright is a retired educator and football coach. He operates farm ground and raises
Charolais cattle in Southern Lyon County.
He most recently served 17 years as superintendent of USD 252 where Argabright
founded and coordinated the Honor Flight program. Argabright said he started the
program to engage students in understanding and honoring the service and sacrifices of
our veterans. He has since led 13 Honor Flights for more than 300 veterans.
“Lowering our property taxes, keeping Kansas kids in Kansas, and honoring the service
of our military and first responder community are priorities for me as I enter this race,”
said Argabright. “We must do more on all of these fronts so that seniors, veterans and
our next generation can afford to stay in their homes and afford to stay right here in
Kansas.”
Argabright also points to jobs and the workforce shortage, schools and higher
education, and fighting the Fentanyl crisis as priorities he will take to the Legislature.
Argabright grew up on the family farm in Atwood, Kansas. After graduating from Wichita
State University, he went to work as a teacher and a football coach. Argabright spent 35
years working in Kansas schools.
Argabright has been actively involved in the community through United Way of the Flint
Hills, the Emporia Chamber of Commerce, Wichita State University’s Sports
Management Alumni Association, Ignite Emporia, Newman Regional Hospital Board,
the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, and as an SOS (domestic violence
shelter) Ambassador.
He and his wife Carla have three grown sons and one grandchild. They attend St.
Joseph Catholic Church. In his free time, Argabright enjoys sports, hunting and fishing.

Paid for by Mike Argabright for Kansas Senate | Kala Maxfield, Treasurer
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Eric Coffman

Meet Eric

Hi! My name is Eric Coffman. I am the current Sheriff of Geary County. My wife, Kristina, and I have been married for over 10 years and have 2 children, Ryan (25) and David (18). I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, archery hunting and recently golf.  

I have called Geary County my home since 1991. I moved here from Pottawatomie County after high school when my family purchased a marina at Milford Lake. Prior to law enforcement, I worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Junction City; this is where my love for Mt. Dew was formed. In 1995, I started my career in law enforcement with the City of Junction City Police Department. 

I served the community as a Junction City Police Officer for a total of 11 years. During this time, I had the opportunity to serve as a Patrol Officer, Drug Operation's Group Detective, Interdiction Detective, SWAT Operator and Assistant Team Leader, Field Training Officer, K-9 handler and Sergeant. 

In 2009, I joined the Geary County Sheriff's Office as a deputy. Between 2009 and 2019, I held supervisor roles for the Patrol Division. In 2013, I was promoted to Patrol Captain and was in charge of supervising day-to-day operations of the Patrol and Investigation divisions, and the special units consisting of the Marine Unit, K-9 Units and the Criminal Interdiction Team. Some additional responsibilities included primary rangemaster duties, Intoxilyzer Custodian, maintaining CPOST training records, verifying payroll for the patrol division, and maintaining department inventory. In 2019, I was promoted to Undersheriff where my leadership responsibilities grew to include not only the Patrol/Investigation's division but the Correction's division. This also included assisting the Sheriff with the budget and day-to-day operations of the entire office. During my time as Undersheriff, I was able to become more familiar with our correction's division where we house anywhere from 80 to 100 inmates on a consistent basis. I also worked closely with our IT Director and assisted in making decisions in maintaining the Sheriff Office facilities. In January of 2024, I was appointed to Sheriff to fill the unexpired term of the previous Sheriff. 

I have spent all 29 years of my Law Enforcement career serving the communities in Geary County. As a law enforcement officer, it has been my duty to safeguard the lives and protect the property of the residents of Geary County through education and enforcement. I feel this can only be achieved by maintaining a high level of integrity and honesty. I also believe in protecting the Constitutional Rights of all individuals who may come in contact with our law enforcement officers.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Geary County Sheriff.

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Keith Ascher
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David Schneider

David P. Schneider

- a dedicated community leader and seasoned professional

David Schneider brings a wealth of experience:

Business Acumen: As the owner of an insurance claims inspection business and a former business banker, Schneider understands the critical role small businesses play in driving local economic growth.

Financial Expertise: With 18 years in the banking industry, Schneider has a deep understanding of financial management and economic development.

Community Service: Schneider recently retired from the non-profit group, Citizens for Self-Governance, Convention of States Project, where he served as the Regional Director and the first Kansas State Director. Since 2013, he has been advocating for constitutional reform, state rights, and building engaged citizen-led coalitions, successfully passing legislation in six different states throughout the Midwest.

David is deeply rooted in the community. His wife, Cecilia, is a social worker at Fort Riley, overseeing the Family Advocacy Program at Irwin Army Community Hospital and serving as a first responder for child protection services and domestic violence. Together, they are committed to making a positive impact in their community with integrity and a vision for Kansas.

Together, they have six children, three of whom work in Kansas public schools, reinforcing their dedication to public education. Two of their children are graduates of Emporia State University, with another a graduate of Kansas State University, highlighting their support for higher education in the Flint Hills.

David Schneider is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, where he excelled as a varsity wrestler. He grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and is a part of their wrestling dynasty, capturing the Kansas state championship all four years.

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Jeff Underhill
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Jeff is a father, state representative, past mayor, insurance guy, competitive strongman, record holding powerlifter and a strong believer in his hometown of Junction City and the State of Kansas. 

Jeff has lived his whole life, except the years he went to college, in Junction City.  He raised his two sons in Junction City and he now serves as the District 65 State Representative and past Mayor of Junction City.  Jeff is one of those people who shapes the character of Junction City and the State of Kansas.  His hard work and dedication will lead us to a stronger economy.  He is committed to helping the children and families of Kansas. 

Jeff is a man who wears many hats:  State Representative for District 65, insurance agent, Junction City City Commissioner, KAIA-ASCK Board of Directors, and vice president of Geared Up Dads. 

Besides being a business owner himself, Jeff has a more expansive view of the business climate from his several civic positions.  He works hard at the state, local, and personal level to develop a strong economy that serves the families and children of Junction City. 

When asked why he ran for state representative and mayor, Underhill said, “I decided to run because my sense of responsibility told me to do so. I had the willingness and wanted to take an active role to create a positive change for Junction City/Geary County and the State of Kansas.” 

Jeff holds several state powerlifting titles and competes in strongman competitions.  He impressively pulled a Peterbilt truck in the Monsters of the Midwest and will compete at Nationals in Dallas the summer of 2023. 

“I really enjoy doing strongman training and competitions,” said Underhill. “Lifting crazy heavy objects is my stress relief and mental getaway from responsibilities.  I compete because I need that competitive drive to keep motivated, and if you’re going to do something, you might as well try and be the best.” 

This competitive and hardworking spirit is what Jeff Underhill brings to the State of Kansas with his leadership.  His focus is on a strong local economy and protecting families and the children of Kansas. 

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