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Douglas County candidates to square off

We now have a clear picture of who will be appearing on the ballot during the primary election for the county, state, and US races later on this summer.

June 11, 2008

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Douglas County voters will elect a new majority to the Douglas County Commission this fall, while other holders of countywide elective offices appear poised to return to the Douglas County Courthouse for second terms.

After Tuesday's filing deadline, county voters can look forward to the following races leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and Nov. 4 general elections:

County Commission

In the 2nd District - which represents North Lawrence and much of southeast Lawrence and southeastern Douglas County, including Eudora and Baldwin City - there are four candidates for the seat held by Commission Chairman Bob Johnson, who is not seeking re-election:

¢ Ken Adkinson, of rural Eudora, and Nancy Thellman, of rural Lawrence, will compete in the Democratic primary. Adkinson, a retired owner and manager of a crop-production business in Eudora, is a member of the Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission. Thellman, a Presbyterian minister, is a leader of Citizens for Responsible Planning, an organization opposed to plans for an industrial park near Lawrence Municipal Airport.

¢ In the Republican primary, Grant Eichhorn, of rural Lawrence, goes up against David L. Brown, of rural Baldwin City. Eichhorn, owner of Lawrence-based Rueschhoff Locksmiths and Security Systems, is a member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. Brown recently retired after 32 years with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

In the 3rd District - which represents southwestern Lawrence, much of northwestern Lawrence and the rest of western Douglas County, including the city of Lecompton - four candidates are seeking the seat held by Commissioner Jere McElhaney, who is not seeking re-election:

¢ Ken Grotewiel, Lawrence, and Clenece Hills, rural Lawrence, are competing in the Democratic primary. Grotewiel is a former assistant director of the Kansas Water Office. Hills was a longtime teacher who most recently has taught part time at South Junior High School.

¢ Rural Lawrence residents John Tacha and Jim Flory are facing each other in the Republican primary. Tacha, owner of the Lawrence-based Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists, is a former president of the Lawrence school board. Flory is retired, having served as first assistant U.S. attorney general, an interim U.S. attorney for Kansas and as Douglas County district attorney.

In each primary race, winners will be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. New commissioners would join incumbent Commissioner Charles Jones on the three-member body.

Other local races

Running unopposed for re-election are:

¢ Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern, a Republican elected in 2004.

¢ Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew, a Democrat elected four years ago.

¢ Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist, a Democrat elected four years ago.

¢ Douglas County Register of Deeds Kay Pesnell, a Democrat elected four years ago after being appointed to the job in 2002.

¢ Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, a Democrat who first was elected four years ago.

Congressional, state contests

The field is set for the Aug. 5 primary and Nov. 4 general election, and here is the lineup:

Congress

Senate

Jim Slattery faces Lee Jones in the Democratic Party primary. The winner will square off against Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and Libertarian Randall Hodgkinson.

House District 2 (includes western Lawrence)

Jim Ryun faces Lynn Jenkins in the Republican Party primary. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda and Libertarian Robert Gerrard.

House District 3 (includes eastern Lawrence)

Nick Jordan faces Paul Showen in the Republican Party primary. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Dennis Moore and Libertarian Joe Bellis.

State Legislature

Senate District 2

Democratic incumbent Marci Francisco will face Republican Scott Morgan in the general election.

Senate District 3

Republican incumbent Roger Pine, Democrat Tom Holland and Libertarian Patrick Wilbur will be on the general election ballot.

Senate District 19 (includes part of Douglas County)

Democratic incumbent Anthony Hensley will face Republican Shari Weber in the general election.

House District 10

Democrat Tony Brown, Republican John Coen and Libertarian William Stewart Starks will be on the general election ballot.

House District 38

Republican incumbent Anthony Brown faces Democrat Stephanie Kelton in the general election.

House District 44

Democratic incumbent Barbara Ballard is unchallenged.

House District 45

Republican incumbent Tom Sloan will face Democrat John Wilson in the general election.

House District 46

Democratic incumbent Paul Davis is unchallenged.

House District 47

Republican incumbent Lee Tafanelli is unchallenged.

House District 53 (includes part of Douglas County)

Democratic incumbent Ann Mah faces Republican Cecil Washington Jr. in the general election.

State Board of Education

District 4 (includes Douglas County)

Alan Detrich faces Robert Meissner in the Republican Party primary. The winner will face Democrat Carolyn Campbell in the general election.

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