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The primary elections for multiple races will close out on Tuesday, August 5. Multiple races will have the candidate list narrowed down to one for each party.
With a long list of candidates, we wanted to highlight the races that have multiple opponents in the primary.
For United States Senator, both Democrats and Republicans have choices to make. Democrats will choose between Chad Taylor (Topeka) and Patrick Wiesner (Lawrence). Taylor is the Shawnee County District Attorney and Wiesner is a tax lawyer based in Lawrence.
The Republicans have multiple people vying for the nod. Sen. Pat Roberts (Dodge City) is seeking a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Roberts faces competition from Milton Wolf, a Radiologist from Leawood, former Osawatomie City Councilwoman D.J. Smith and Alvin E. Zahnter, a truck driver from Russell.
For the U.S. House of Representatives, the challenge is on the Republican side. Three Term incumbent Lynn Jenkins (Topeka) has a challenge from 31-year-old Pittsburg State University employee Joshua Joel Tucker. The winner of the Republican primary for the House will face Margie Wakefield (Lawrence) in the November general election.
In the State races, Republican incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (Topeka) faces off against Jennifer Winn, a small business owner in Wichita. The winner of this race will face what has been described as stiff competition from Paul Davis, a Lawrence attorney who is the current Minority Leader in the Kansas House of Representatives. Davis has served in the house since 2003.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Piper) faces a challenge on the Republican side from Scott Morgan, a former Lawrence School Board president. The winner of the primary will face Jean Kurtis Schodorf (Wichita).
The GOP will have a difficult choice for Insurance Commissioner. Five candidates crowd the field for the Republican nomination. Beverly Gossage (Eudora), who lives on the southeast side of the area and has served as a health insurance consultant for many years, faces candidates from around the state. David Powell (El Dorado) is an insurance agent. Ken Selzer (Leawood) is an accountant. Clark Shultz (Lindsborg) is a first term Kansas House Representative and insurance auditor. The final candidate is John Toplikar, a Johnson County Commissioner and former KS House Representative. Gossage has received the endorsements of several politicians including most notably former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich along with several state Representatives. The winner of this race will take on Dennis Anderson (Overland Park) for the right to replace Sandy Praeger who is retiring.
The only Kansas House race in our area is for the Democratic nod in the 42nd District. This is the District the covers most of the city of Eudora. Harold Fevurly Jr. is once again attempting a run for the House. Fevurly lost in a bid to unseat Connie O’Brien (Tonganoxie). Fevurly faces a challenge from Austin Lee Harris (Tonganoxie). Harris is apolitical newcomer as he just 18-years-old and graduated from Tonganoxie High School in May.
All other races for various local and state positions have no opposition in the primary.
If you are wondering where to vote here is the list of the 4 polling places in Eudora:
Precinct 50 covers West Eudora and will vote at the Eudora Church of Christ, 1530 Winchester Rd.
North Eudora (Precinct 52) will vote at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. 7th St.
Precinct 53 encompasses South Eudora and will vote at the Township Fire Station, 310 E. 20th St.
Central Eudora (Precinct 54) will vote at the Eudora Recreation Center, 1638 Elm St.
These are the same polling places as in recent years. Polls will be open 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. As per Kansas State law, you will need to produce an I.D. to be eligible to vote in your party affiliated primary.
To complicate matters just a bit, the House passed legislation this spring that states you cannot change your political affiliation between July 1 and August 31. So if you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, you cannot switch parties at election time. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can declare a party at the primary election, but you will not be able to change it until September 1st when anyone will be allowed to change their party without restrictions.
We will bring you full coverage after the primary election focusing on the local races of note.