In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.
Topeka Control of the State Board of Education and the fate of evolution in the classroom could be in the hands of Lawrence voters in November.
Robert Meissner of Topeka, a conservative Republican, was leading Tuesday's primary over another conservative Republican, Alan Detrich, a fossil hunter and artist from Lawrence. Meissner, a dentist, had 76 percent of the vote with 89 percent of precincts reporting.
Meissner's victory sets up a general election contest against Democratic moderate Carolyn Campbell, of Topeka, for the District 4 seat. The district includes most of Lawrence.
The 10-member board of education has fought over science standards for nearly 10 years. When conservatives gain a majority, they have adopted science standards critical of evolution, and when moderates take control of the board, as they did in 2006, the standards support evolution.
Moderates currently hold a 6-4 margin on the board, but three seats up for election in November are held by moderates who are not seeking re-election, including District 4.
In 2004, Meissner almost won the same board seat while campaigning that he was willing to add intelligent design to science standards.
In response to a recent questionnaire from the Journal-World, Meissner wrote that he supported the teaching of evolution, but added, "As stated in the past, if the science community can come to a consensus as to the scientific credibility of alternative theories as to origin, then I would be open to, at least, discussing the possible inclusion of those scientifically credible theories."
Race results, including precinct-by-precinct breakdowns:
- Douglas County Commission 2nd District Democrat
- Douglas County Commission 2nd District Republican
- Douglas County Commission 3rd District Democrat
- Douglas County Commission 3rd District Republican
- U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District
- U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District
- U.S. Senate
- State Board of Education District 4
- Kansas House of Representatives 42nd District
- Kansas Senate 5th District
- Jefferson County Attorney
- Jefferson County Commission 2nd District
- Jefferson County Commission 3rd District Democrat
- Jefferson County Commission 3rd District Republican
- Leavenworth County Attorney
- Leavenworth County Commission 3rd District
- Johnson County Attorney: Steve Howe, 33,260 votes; Phill Kline, 22,188 votes