Tom Sloan and Linda Robinson are running for Kansas House District 45.
Republican Kansas House member Tom Sloan has won another term in Topeka and defeated former Lawrence school board member Linda Robinson in the state's 45th House district.
With only military advance ballots left to count Tuesday night, Sloan had 5,857 votes compared to Robinson's 4,564 votes. The district includes western Lawrence, most of western Douglas County and Lecompton.
Sloan, who began serving in the House in 1995, has said he wants to continue his work in the Legislature in several areas, including preserving the state's water supply and expand the use of distance education and tele-medicine via the Internet.
"I think that people like to have a candidate show up at their door, and all of our ads were positive," Sloan said after watching returns at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. "I think that compared to a lot of other races, people responded to that."
Sloan said the Legislature will face lots of challenges in his next term because the recession has increased demand for state-based social services.
Robinson, a Democrat, said she was running to push education issues harder in the district.
"Even though the race didn't turn out the way we wanted," Robinson said. "I think we ran a competitive and hard-fought race. Thanks to all of my supporters."
In other races of local interest:
Republican incumbent Anthony Brown easily won the seat for Kansas House 38.
Brown, a Eudora carpenter and former school teacher, ran against Democrat Roberta Eveslage, a retired psychology professor at Johnson County Community College.
With all precincts reporting in both Douglas and Johnson counties, Brown received 68 percent of the overall votes. Brown received a sligtly lower margin in just Douglas County with 57 percent of the vote.
During his campaign, Brown called for changing the state's school finance formula and cutting government spending.
Republican TerriLois Gregory rode a big majority in Franklin County to wrest the Kansas 10th District House seat from incumbent Tony Brown.
In the race between two Baldwin City residents, Gregory doubled Brown’s vote total in Franklin County. That proved more than enough to overcome Brown’s strength in Douglas County.
“I'm very humble and grateful for the people who helped me,” Gregory said Tuesday night. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of the 10th District in Topeka. I just put my faith in my Creator and am looking forward to it.
Brown, a former full-time Baker University professor, was seeking his second term in the House. In defeat, Brown said it was an honor to represent the 10th District the past two years.
"I congratulate Ms. Gregory on her victory and wish her the best of luck in the future," he said.
She looks forward to working with the new administration and her party leaders in Topeka to “give government back to the people,” Gregory said.
Lee Tafanelli (R) defeated Jim Farris (D) in district 46, 4,513 votes to 2,210 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent, with 16 of 16 precincts reporting.
Ann Mah (D) defeated L.W. Abney (R) in district 53, 5,293 votes to 3,414 votes, or 61 percent to 39 percent, with 30 of 30 precincts reporting.
Connie O'Brien (R) defeated Jim Pittman (D) in district 42, 5,423 votes to 2,872 votes, or 65 percent to 35 percent with 15 of 15 precints reporting.
9:02 p.m. update
Tom Sloan continues to lead Linda Robinson by a margin of 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent in Kansas House District 45.
Lee Tafanelli is leading Jim Faris by a margin of 67 percent of the vote to 33 percent in Kansas House District 47.
Ann Mah is leading L.W. Abney by a margin of 61.8 percent of the vote to 38.2 percent in Kansas House District 53.
William Prescott is leading Blossom Barth by a margin of 65.6 percent of the votes to 34.4 percent in Kansas House District 59.
8:56 p.m. update
Connie O'Brien is leading Jim Pittman with 65.8 percent of the vote in the race for Kansas House District 42.
8:51 p.m. update
Anthony Brown is leading Roberta Eveslage in the race for Kansas House District 38 with 68.8 percent of the vote.
8:48 p.m. update
Tony Brown is leading TerriLois Gregory in the race for Kansas House District 10 with 57 percent of the vote.
8:46 p.m. update
In the race for Kansas Senate, District 7, Terrie Huntington leads Wayne Hodges with 63.5 percent of the vote.
8:44 p.m. update
Republican Kansas House member Tom Sloan was leading former Lawrence school board member Linda Robinson in early returns Tuesday in the race for the 45th House district.
With three of the district's 18 reporting, Sloan had 910 votes compared to Robinson's 553 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The district includes western Lawrence, most of western Douglas County and Lecompton.
Robinson, a Democrat, said she was running to push education issues harder in the district. Sloan has said he wants to continue his work in the Legislature in several areas.