Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo has filed for re-election for this November.
Vargo, who was first elected in 1997, told KMAN Thursday he still enjoys the office.
“Still ready to keep going,” Vargo said. “I enjoy working in Riley County with all the good people in the county and serving the public.”
Vargo, a Republican, said it’s not an easy time for local government in the state.
“Lot of challenges coming up, of course, with the state financing that has been a big challenge for several years now and will continue to be a large challenge, ” he said. “Election laws are changing constantly.”
Vargo said his experience is important to the office and that keeping up change is something he’s familiar with.
“Technology and the laws,” he said. “We get all the law changes from the federal government and the state government that we have to comply with on a regular basis. They never stay the same.”
Vargo started in the county treasurer’s office after he’d received his degree in accounting from Kansas State University.
Vargo is originally from Kanopolis, but said he quickly settled into Manhattan after college.
“I liked the area,” he said. “I’m a small-town kid, and (Manhattan) is a bigger community but it has a small-town feel. I’ve enjoyed the area and it’s a great place to raise a family.”