WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Monday marks the final day candidates for office in the Sunflower State can file with the Secretary of State's Office to get their name on the primary ballot in August.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab urged potential candidates to file, stating, "Whether it's a local or state position, public service is a meaningful way to contribute to your community and state."

Democrats in the Kansas Statehouse are working hard to challenge the Republican supermajority. Senator Mary Ware from Wichita has been actively recruiting candidates in the Sedgwick County area. Despite the challenges, she remains optimistic about the increased number of Democratic candidates this year.

"It's going to take a lot of work," Senator Ware said. "Obviously, we've got more candidates than usual. So it will take a lot of work. But if people understand what's at stake, clearly, I don't think there's any problem with getting it done."

Senator Ware noted that while her party is running in all but one race in Sedgwick County, the number of candidates remains fluid.

"It's a big decision to decide whether to throw your hat in the ring," she explained. "Folks say, 'Yes, I'm interested.' And then a few days later, they talk to someone else and have second thoughts. So you need to talk to them again and clarify what running for office entails, as many have misconceptions about the difficulties involved."

Michael Smith, a political science professor at Emporia State University, highlighted another significant challenge for Democrats: gerrymandering.

"Kansas is very old school in how they do redistricting," Smith said. "It goes to the state legislature as legislation and then can be signed or vetoed by the governor. Republican legislators drew the map, likely with their self-interests in mind. However, Democrats are making real gains in the suburbs."