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State Rep. Sloan wins re-election to House

Republican Rep. Tom Sloan talks to a supporter on his phone Tuesday at the Douglas County Courthouse after defeating Democrat John Wilson in the 45th District House race. Sloan's wife, Gail, is at center, and his daughter, Lynnette Wood, is at right.

Republican Rep. Tom Sloan talks to a supporter on his phone Tuesday at the Douglas County Courthouse after defeating Democrat John Wilson in the 45th District House race. Sloan's wife, Gail, is at center, and his daughter, Lynnette Wood, is at right.

November 4, 2008

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State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, on Tuesday survived a campaign-funding onslaught by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to win re-election to House District 45.

Sloan, a seven-term incumbent, defeated political newcomer John Wilson, a Democrat, 53 percent to 47 percent.

Sebelius, a Democrat, directed her political action committee -- The Bluestem Fund -- to spend more than $45,000 on campaign mailers and ads opposing Sloan.

Sloan said he was disappointed by the Democratic Party thrust because, he said, he has spent his career trying to work with members of both parties.

"I have been relatively non-partisan," he said.

But during the last legislative session, he supported construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Major environmental groups and the city of Lawrence opposed the project, citing its annual emission of 11 million tons of climate-changing carbon dioxide.

Sebelius' administration rejected the project, but Sloan, and other supporters of the coal plants, repeatedly voted for legislation that would have allowed the project to go forward.

Wilson said he would have voted against those bills. Sebelius vetoed three coal plant bills, and supporters were unable to overturn her vetoes.

During the campaign, one of the mailers produced by Sebelius' Bluestem Fund against Sloan was condemned by the non-partisan voter education group, Project Vote Smart.

The organization said the mailer was misleading and improperly cited their website as a source of information. Sebelius' team defended the mailer.

Comments

Multidisciplinary 5 years, 5 months ago

I imagine many of those who voted him back in may not have heard about the coal plant votes.Sad.

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LucretiaLaw 5 years, 5 months ago

The fact that John Wilson did as well as he did -- a mere 24 year old, who had never held public office, against the seasoned Sloan with a HUGE war chest, speaks to the fact that many in Sloan's district were outraged at his votes that ran counter to the wishes of the majority of his district. (on coal plants and concealed carry) The only reason that Sloan won, was that enough of his district had not been following what he has done in office -- and simply voted the party.The spotlight is on you Mr. Sloan -- you better represent your constituents on these important issues, or you will most definately be retiring in two years.

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