Two-term Democratic incumbent Janet Waugh faces political newcomer Jesse Hall for the 1st District seat, which includes eastern Douglas County. The winner faces no opposition in the November general election.
Waugh, 64, has been in the minority on the state board. She opposed science standards that criticize evolution, procedures that make it more difficult for students to attend sexual education class and the hiring of Education Commissioner Bob Corkins, who came to the job with no experience in education.
Hall, 52, supports the new science standards, sexual education procedures and Corkins.
In addition to serving two terms on the state board, Waugh has more than 15 years of experience on the Turner school district board of education. She owns and operates a used-car dealership.
Hall is a school interventionist in the Kansas City, Mo., school system. He has coached and refereed basketball professionally and serves on the board of park commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.
Despite having never held elected office, Hall has raised nearly three times as much as Waugh in the primary race.
Backed by evolution opponents, Hall raised $12,830 to Waugh's $4,397.