Advertisement

Archive for Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Douglas County Commission races set for November

County matchups set for November contest

Here in Douglas County, the Republican seat for the 3rd District County Commission is at the forefront of the primary elections. 6News reporter Mark Boyle caught up with Republican Jim Flory who will advance to the general election in November.

August 5, 2008

Advertisement

Nancy Thellman, left, and her husband, Scott, watch primary results come in at the Douglas County Courthouse. Thellman defeated Ken Adkinson in the Democratic race for the 2nd District County Commission seat.

Nancy Thellman, left, and her husband, Scott, watch primary results come in at the Douglas County Courthouse. Thellman defeated Ken Adkinson in the Democratic race for the 2nd District County Commission seat.

Jim Flory, left, shakes hands with John Tacha at the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday night after the results were in and Flory claimed victory.

Jim Flory, left, shakes hands with John Tacha at the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday night after the results were in and Flory claimed victory.

Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

Support from rural voters carried a former Douglas County district attorney to victory Tuesday in a high-profile Republican primary for a Douglas County Commission seat.

Jim Flory, whose family has deep roots in the area, won 57 percent the vote over John Tacha, a former Lawrence school board president. The 500-vote margin even surprised Flory.

He joined Republican David L. Brown and Democrats Nancy Thellman and Ken Grotewiel as primary winners for two county commission seats. The general election is Nov. 4.

"I would like to think what worked in my favor was the shoe leather. I walked door-to-door in a lot of the precincts," Flory said.

Tacha said Flory's support outside of Lawrence played a major factor.

"The rural people voted, and the city people didn't," Tacha said. "I think you've got to give those people credit."

Tacha raised three times as much money as Flory did, but it is Flory who will move on to face Democrat Ken Grotewiel, who recently moved to the county and is former state legislator in the Wichita area.

Grotewiel defeated longtime Lawrence teacher Clenece Hills in the Democratic primary for the 3rd District commission seat.

"I appreciate the voters willing to take a chance on me," said Grotewiel, a former administrator with the Kansas Water Office. "I'm an optimistic person, and I have a history of tackling problems."

The district includes western Lawrence and the western portion of the county. Jere McElhaney, who did not seek re-election, currently holds that seat.

A Grotewiel-Flory match-up in the Nov. 4 general election will be a face-off between two candidates with vast political experience in the state. Both said Tuesday night they hope to continue in the coming weeks to educate voters on their own strengths.

In the races for the 2nd district commission seat, Democrat Nancy Thellman, a Presbyterian minister, coasted to win 75 percent of the vote over Ken Adkinson, a retired owner and manager of a crop-production business in Eudora.

Thellman said she was nervous until she saw the final results and credited Adkinson's work on the campaign trail. But she said she benefited from her work in the last year with Citizens for Responsible Planning to oppose an airport business park proposal.

"Environmental issues really are resonating with people," said Thellman, who lives in rural Lawrence.

She said the general election campaign will likely involve more discussion about issues in the county.

Her opponent will be David L. Brown, a retired Douglas County Sheriff's officer and political newcomer who defeated Grant Eichhorn, a member of the Lawrence Douglas County Planning Commission.

"I think my hardest (challenge) was face and name recognition. A lot of people knew David Brown, but they didn't know David Brown was running for county commission," he said.

Brown also ended up winning comfortably, 67 percent to 32 percent.

The seat is currently held by Bob Johnson, who did not seek re-election. The district includes North Lawrence, southeastern Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City and the eastern portion of the county.

Comments

Chris Merrill 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey Bozo, Merrill, et al....Tacha lost the republican primary to Flory even though Tacha raised more money than Flory. In the past you have claimed that those with money win (http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/apr...). Care to explain this current phenomena? What about the general election? Obama has raised more than $300 million, with a substantial portion donated from Washington special interest groups. (http://voiceofmerrill.com/2008/08/06/put-a-cork-in-it/) Would you say that the special interests are buying the national election? If Obama wins will you declare it to be a purchased election? If he loses will you shut up about elections being bought?

0

LittleSmith 5 years, 8 months ago

why don't you look at the donors list for contributions, as far as County Commission candidates....that gives about as clear of a picture of Tacha versus Flory, as to what he stood for. Had Sunflower or the J-W done adequate coverage on the debate, it would have been real clear as to who was for development at all costs and who was going to do some thoughtful consideration on a site-by-site evaulation. I think the people spoke clearly.

0

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Jim Flory had signs on real estate developer offices around town. His signs were often accompanied with a Ryun sign in neighborhoods?Ken Grotewiel,Nancy Thellman and Grant Eichhorn were not necessarily prominent in these locations.

0

cato_the_elder 5 years, 8 months ago

Catalano, the Republicans in the county only want fair, honest government, and always have. That's it, period.

0

Catalano 5 years, 8 months ago

I dunno, Bozo. On his campaign platform Eichorn supported the 32nd St alignment for the SLT and thought Schwadaland was a great idea for economic development (and apparently the pathetically regressive city commission agrees). Seems the Bob Johnson types out there would like that. Of course, one would have thought those types would have preferred Tacha over Flory, too, so who knows what's happening with the Republicans in the county.

0

cato_the_elder 5 years, 8 months ago

And, Bozo, David Brown is an outstanding candidate who is much better known throughout the county than is Mr. Eichhorn. You have little to fear, Bozo - neither Jim Flory nor David Brown would ever allow himself to be a "rubber stamp for developers." Each is fair-minded, and most assuredly will work to preserve the county's character.

0

Michael Capra 5 years, 8 months ago

grant never had a chance with all his no votes

0

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Eichorn wasn't just a rubber stamp for developers on the planning commission, which probably didn't help him in a Republican primary.

0

Catalano 5 years, 8 months ago

Well. So much for Grant Eichorn's political career. Wonder what happened there.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.