Sloan wins seventh term

In the 45th District Kansas House race, Republican Rep. Tom Sloan won a seventh term by beating his Reform Party rival by a more than 3-to-1 margin.

Sloan attributed his victory to keeping in close touch with his constituents. More than 77 percent of the district’s voters favored him. His opponent, Jason Littlejohn, got 22 percent of the votes cast.

“I have a record of going door to door and talking to the voters about what’s on their mind and what I should be working on in the next session,” said Sloan, who received 6,262 of 8,056 votes cast in the district’s 18 precincts.

Sloan, who represents much of western Lawrence, all of LeCompton and the surrounding rural area, campaigned on themes of alternative energy, water quality and increased funding for education.

Littlejohn, a Lawrence resident who works for Westar Energy and hosts a radio show on 1140 AM in Kansas City, campaigned on stopping the “flood of illegal immigration,” overturning the North American Free Trade Agreement and reducing dependence on Middle-Eastern oil.