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November 4, 1992


Anti-incumbency fever might have been sweeping the rest of the nation, but not in four area Statehouse races.

In the four races including Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson and Leavenworth counties, only one newcomer, Kenny Wilk, beat an incumbent, Stevi Stephens in the 42nd District.

In the three other races, the incumbents carried the majority each time.

Wilk, a Republican, won the 42nd District race with 5,077 votes, or 53 percent, to incumbent Democrat Stevi Stephens' 4,545, or 47 percent.

The 42nd District covers rural Leavenworth County, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Easton, the northwest corner of the city of Leavenworth and northern Fairmount, southern Stranger and Reno townships. Wilk credits his victory to his a door-to-door campaign against Stephens.

"IT WAS a tough campaign," Wilk said early Wednesday morning. "It's always tough to beat an incumbent. I'm very tired and I'm glad it's over."

Wilk said he's not heading to Topeka with a specific agenda.

"I have a lot to learn," he said. "I'm going over there with a message the people gave me and that's not to solve problems by raising taxes."

Walker Hendrix, R-Ottawa, will head back to Topeka for his second term as the representative for the 10th District after defeating his opponent, Tonia Salvini, with 4,868 votes, or 54 percent, to Salvini's 4,114, or 46 percent.

The 10th District covers southern Douglas County and northern Franklin County, including Baldwin and Vinland.

"It's been a tough campaign from the standpoint that the Democrats put a lot of money into this race," Hendrix said early Wednesday morning. "My opponent, Tonia Salvini, was well qualified."

HENDRIX ALSO said the anti-incumbent movement showed there was a lot of resentment from the voters about the political process.

"When people like Marvin Barkis don't get re-elected, you know it was a tough year," Hendrix said.

Hendrix credits his victory to his consistency in office.

"I worked hard and did all I could do for my district without compromising their interests," he said. "It's been difficult for the Democrats to concoct issues to defeat me."

It was a long night for Judith Macy, the Democrat from the 43rd District. Her race against Republican Robert Watchous still had no clear winner at 1 a.m.

"We didn't know anything until after then," Macy said Wednesday. "I heard it was because of the heavy voter turnout in Johnson County."

Macy ended up carrying the majority in the Johnson County district with 4,011 votes to Watchous' 3,613.

MACY, WHO will be begin her second term when the Legislature convenes, said this campaign was tough for her.

"Almost one-third of my district was new to me," she said. "I was concerned that the new people wouldn't be familiar with me and my work. I had to do a lot of walking and working."

And Macy said that work won't stop once she's back in Topeka.

"I think the number one priority will be the school finance plan," she said. "It was very controversial in Johnson County and I know that's what we're going to be looking at to see if we can get enough votes to make some changes."

JOANN FLOWER, the Republican 47th District representative, won re-election against Kaye Messer. Flower received 5,865 votes, while Messer received 3,504. Flower was not available this morning to comment on her victory.

The 47th District includes most of Jefferson County and a northeast section of Douglas County.

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