With less than two weeks until the filing deadline, it looks like Sedgwick County District Court judges will be running unopposed for re-election this year.
Eight judges are facing re-election, and seven of the incumbents have filed to run for re-election with the secretary of state.
Judge Timothy Lahey said he also intends to file before the June 10 noon deadline.
"I have the paperwork on my desk," Lahey, a Republican, said Friday.
Judges Robb Rumsey, Greg Waller, Ben Burgess, David Kaufman, Joe Kisner, Anthony Powell and Mark Vining have all filed for office. All but Waller and Kisner are Republicans.
James Fleetwood, chief judge of the district, said he can't remember another judicial election without a contested race in his 14 years on the bench.
"And we haven't heard of any planned races," Fleetwood said. "So far, people seem to be happy with us."
It follows a 2008 election year with eight contested races and 12 judges who ran unopposed.
There's a notable difference this year, however. All of the incumbents are running.
Usually, lawyers will pick open slots where judges are retiring or opting not to seek re-election, as their first choice.
"I would prefer not to run again an incumbent," said Jama Mitchell, a public defender who lost her bid for the bench in 2008. "I've practiced in front of all of these judges for 15 years, or at least as long as they've been around. I wouldn't want to run against anyone I respected so much."
"I will definitely be filing in 2012," Mitchell said.
Contested judicial races are shaping up, however, in Butler and Cowley counties.
Butler County prosecutor Jan Satterfield and Madison attorney Paul Dean are running in the Republican primary for the seat being vacated by retiring Judge John Sanders-source.
In Cowley County, Republicans E. Rodney Iverson of Arkansas City and William Muret of Winfield are facing off in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by J. Michael Smith.
Smith is retiring at the end of his term.
Mark Krusor of Winfield so far is the only Democrat who has filed for the Cowley County District Court opening.
Judges must be lawyers and are elected in contested races in about half the counties in Kansas.
In other counties, judges are appointed by the governor from nominees chosen by a selection committee. They stand for non-partisan retention elections every four years.
Judges in Kansas make between $106,000 and $124,000 a year.