Jenkins secures GOP treasurer spot

? State Sen. Lynn Jenkins defeated Johnson County Treasurer Dennis Wilson to win the Republican nomination for state treasurer Tuesday night.

With 87 percent of the 3,378 precincts reporting, Jenkins, of Topeka, had 57 percent of the vote. Wilson, of Overland Park, had 43 percent.

Jenkins will face Democrat Sally Finney, of Olathe, in the Nov. 5 general election. She had no primary opponent.

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh faced no opposition in the GOP primary. The only Democrat on the ballot for his office was state Sen. David Haley, of Kansas City.

The treasurer’s job opened up when Tim Shallenburger decided against seeking re-election to run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Jenkins focused her campaign on being a certified public accountant. She served one term in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2000.

Wilson touted his mix of business and political experience. After two House terms, he worked on Shallenburger’s campaign for treasurer and served as director of administration and unclaimed property in the treasurer’s office from 1999 into 2001.

On the Democratic side, Finney, of Olathe, has a familiar name because of the popularity of her mother, the late Gov. Joan Finney, who held the office for 16 years before winning the 1990 gubernatorial election.