All three county commissioner seats will be filled through the end of the year, regardless of whether current commissioner John Price is elected to a new office.
Price is one of two candidates running for state representative in the general election next week, and if he is elected, he will have to resign immediately from his current position as county commissioner.
The Johnson County Republican Party then would have to conduct a caucus to fill Price’s seat for the remainder of his term, county Republican Party chairwoman Sandi Huddleston said. The new commissioner would fill the position for a month or more, depending on when the caucus takes place.
State law says Huddleston would have to notify the party’s 135 precinct committee members about the caucus within 10 days of Price’s resignation, and the caucus would have to be conducted within 30 days.