2020 Primary Voters Guide: One final look at candidates in Douglas County, state races

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Lots of big local offices are up for election this year — Douglas County commissioners, sheriff, district attorney and more — and quite a few of them will be decided in the primaries today. Here’s another look at the candidates from our Voters Guide that was published in mid-July.

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2020 Primary Voters Guide (07-19-20)

Douglas County

County Commission 2nd District — Democratic Primary

• Shannon Reid, Lawrence

• Sara Taliaferro, Lawrence

• Nancy Thellman, Lawrence (incumbent)


Democratic candidates all voice opposition to planned jail expansion

County Commission 3rd District — Democratic Primary

• Shannon Portillo, Lawrence

• Karen Willey, Baldwin City


Candidates face residence questions; clerk’s office says they’re both legal

Democratic candidates all voice opposition to planned jail expansion

County Commission 3rd District — Republican Primary

• Pam McDermott, Lawrence

• Ronald Thacker, Lawrence

District attorney — Democratic Primary

• Charles Branson, Lawrence (incumbent)

• Cooper Overstreet, Lawrence

• Suzanne Valdez, Lawrence


FAQs and fact-checks

Candidates answer colleagues’ questions, address experience in bar forum

In NAACP forum, candidates share laws they want to see changed

Candidates address racial disparities, anti-Blackness

Candidates trade barbs in Democratic party forum

Candidates share views on law enforcement misconduct, needed changes

Sheriff — Democratic Primary

• Jay Armbrister, Baldwin City

• Dale Flory, Baldwin City

• Doug Woods, Lawrence


Sheriff candidates address budget experience, release of records and more

In forum, candidates address violence against Indigenous women, sexual harassment

In NAACP forum, candidates give thoughts on drug activity, white supremacists, body cameras

In forum, candidates address systemic racism, issues affecting transgender people

Candidates voice range of opinions on jail expansion, including opposition

Candidates share views on public transparency, training against bias-based policing

Treasurer — Democratic Primary

• Timothy Morland, Lawrence

• Adam Rains, Lawrence

Register of deeds — Democratic Primary

• Kent Brown, Lawrence

• Kim Murphree, Lawrence


Kansas House 10th District — Democratic Primary

• Christina Haswood, Lawrence

• Brandon Holland, Baldwin City

• A.J. Stevens, Baldwin City

Kansas House 42nd District — Republican Primary

• Jim Karleskint, Tonganoxie (incumbent)

• Lance Neelly, Tonganoxie

Kansas Legislature — Unopposed Races

• Several area Democrats face no opposition in 2020 election cycle


U.S. House 2nd District

• Republican primary sets stage for potentially close congressional race

U.S. Senate

• Kansas prepares for consequential Senate primary, general election


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