Ballard, Findley file for re-election

Reps. Barbara Ballard and Troy Findley, both Lawrence Democrats, have filed for re-election to the 44th and 46th Kansas House district seats, respectively.

Ballard’s district covers primarily central and west Lawrence, Findley’s covers part of central and all of east Lawrence.

During the past legislative session, Ballard, a member of the House budget-writing committee, helped negotiate a deal that broke an impasse over tax increases that the Legislature approved to help shore up the budget.

Findley, ranking Democrat on the House Redistricting Committee, fought efforts to split Lawrence between the 2nd and 3rd congressional districts.

Findley is employed by UMB Bank in Lawrence. Ballard is associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Kansas University.

Ballard was first elected to the House in 1992, Findley in 1994.

Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, filed earlier for re-election. Rep. Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin, has not yet filed.

“I intend to make my intentions known next week,” Tanner said Wednesday.

Filing deadline for House candidates is June 24.

Tom Holland, a Baldwin Democrat, and Melissa Boisen, a Lawrence Republican, have filed to run for the seats now held by Tanner and Sloan, respectively.