General Election — November 4, 2008

State Board of Education, District 4

Live results 274 of 275 precincts reporting / Unofficial results / Precinct breakdown

Completed candidate chats
New State Board of Ed member relishes election’s historic gains
November 17, 2008
On election night, Carolyn Campbell said she was stunned. Not by her own election to the Kansas State Board of Education, but because of Barack Obama’s historic presidential victory. “I was more emotional about him than me,” said Campbell.
Campbell wins State Board of Education race
Democrat beats Republican candidate Meissner by 10 percent
November 5, 2008
Democrat Carolyn Campbell, considered a moderate, defeated Republican Robert Meissner in the State Board of Education District 4 race.
Gay candidate loses in board of ed contest
Campbell leading Meissner for 4th District seat
November 5, 2008
An openly gay candidate failed Tuesday night to unseat a conservative member of the State Board of Education. But control will remain with Democrats and moderate Republicans, probably sparing the state a battle over evolution.
State Board of Education race: 4th District
November 2, 2008
Bill Wagnon is keeping a close eye on the District 4 State Board of Education race. After all, the winner will replace Wagnon, a Democrat who is retiring after three terms on the board, serving most recently as its chairman.
Wagnon watching race for State BOE slot
October 31, 2008
Bill Wagnon is keeping a close eye on the District 4 State Board of Education race. After all, the winner will replace Wagnon, a Democrat who is retiring after three terms on the board, serving most recently as its chairman.
Campbell spending, raising more than Meissner in State Board of Education race
October 28, 2008
In the State Board of Education, District 4 contest, Democrat Carolyn Campbell has outraised and outspent Republican Robert Meissner 2-to-1.
State BOE race slips below radar
Science standards depend on new group’s makeup
October 26, 2008
Way below the noise of a historic presidential campaign and an epic economic meltdown are the low-key battles between moderate and conservative candidates vying for the Kansas State Board of Education. Five positions on the 10-member board are up for grabs, and the results of those elections will decide whether moderates maintain their majority, or even increase it - or conservatives gain ground to produce a 5-5 standoff.
Evolution can’t be ignored in board of ed race
October 21, 2008
The race for the District 4 seat on the State Board of Education heated up Monday over the issue of teaching evolution during a debate. Democrat Carolyn Campbell said she supports the current science standards that teach evolution and would not change them. The 10-member State Board of Education has been embroiled in battles over evolution and intelligent design for years.
Baker forum draws candidates for several state, county seats
October 15, 2008
Baker University students showed their concern about the national economy by the questions they posed to state and local candidates at a forum Tuesday night on campus.
New ballots easier for voters to read
October 6, 2008
The ballot for Douglas County voters will look different in the Nov. 4 general election. But County Clerk Jamie Shew says the changes are not drastic and are necessary to help voters better read and understand the ballot. “People find this far easier to read, clear to read, easier to use,” Shew said. “It doesn’t change. You still mark the ovals.”
Extra page on ballot could cost thousands
September 1, 2008
The number of races and questions on the general election ballot appears to be a double-edged sword for Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and election officials. The presidential, congressional, state and county races, plus three Lawrence sales tax questions, should help boost voter turnout. But it also means lots of words on the ballot.
Challengers keep up in fundraising for races
August 18, 2008
Most challengers to area incumbents in state legislative races are holding their own in fundraising as the Nov. 4 general election nears. Republican Scott Morgan, a Lawrence school board member, received more campaign contributions through July 24 in the state Senate race against incumbent Democrat Marci Francisco, a former Lawrence mayor.
Dentist wins local district handily
August 6, 2008
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.
Conservatives leading in half contested races
August 6, 2008
Conservatives hoping to make inroads in the Republican primary toward reclaiming control of the State Board of Education were leading in half the contested races Tuesday night. Conservative Kathy Martin, of Clay Center, the only incumbent seeking re-election, had 52 percent of the vote in the 6th District against moderate Bill Pannbacker, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.