2020 Election

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Wagle drops out of U.S. Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate, citing “personal and political trials” in the last year for her decision. Wagle announcement also indicated that she would not seek reelection to the Kansas Senate. The filing deadline ...

Rep. Marshall fights to be ‘Doc’ on ballot for U.S. Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — A leading Republican candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas wants to be listed as Roger “Doc” Marshall on the ballot. The secretary of state's office has denied his request, and a state board will decide whether “Doc” is an nifty nickname or a prohibited ...

Navajo woman, lifelong Lawrencian files to run for Kansas Legislature

Updated at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 A third Democrat has filed to run for the seat left vacant by former Rep. Eileen Horn, D-Lawrence, in the Kansas House of Representatives. Christina Haswood, 26, would become the youngest member of the Legislature, and the second current Native American ...

Incumbent Douglas County clerk files for reelection

Douglas County’s top election officer is seeking to retain his seat for a fifth term in the 2020 election. Jamie Shew, a Democrat, filed for reelection as the Douglas County clerk earlier this week. He has led the clerk's office since he was first elected to the position in 2004. Shew told ...

County tax clerk files to run for treasurer position in 2020 election

A 17-year veteran of the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is the second employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Timothy Morland, a registration and tax clerk, on Monday filed to run for the Douglas County treasurer position as a Democrat, according to the county ...

Manhattan mayor suspends Democratic bid for Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat

MANHATTAN — A northeast Kansas mayor has suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi said Thursday that responding to the coronavirus pandemic had become “the most important work of my life” and would continue to demand ...

Rep. Marshall struggles to unite Kansas GOP establishment in Senate race

Story updated at 4:18 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Roger Marshall represents western Kansas in a congressional district rich in GOP votes and donors that has given the state four U.S. senators over the past 50 years. He's armed with top-notch endorsements and the equivalent of gold in a GOP Senate ...

Former Baldwin City Council member files for election to Kansas House

A former Baldwin City Council member has filed to run for the Kansas House of Representatives and the seat that will be left vacant by outgoing Rep. Eileen Horn, D-Lawrence. A.J. Stevens, 49, told the Journal-World on Wednesday that he had always planned on running for the seat, but he ...

Kansas GOP leader who pushed Medicaid expansion not running again

TOPEKA — A top Republican legislator who worked with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on a plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas announced Friday that he is not seeking re-election. Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said it's time for him to focus again on his wife and business. The ...

Kansas to stock up on protective gear for election workers

TOPEKA — Kansas voters will encounter masked election workers seated behind plastic panels when they head to the polls this fall and use disposable stylus pens to cast their ballots. Secretary of State Scott Schwab said in a news release Thursday that the state is receiving $4.6 million in ...

Out-of-state donors boost top contenders in Kansas congressional races

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas' top two contenders in the Senate election and competitive congressional races will be getting majority of their money from out-of-state donors, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrat Barbara Bollier and Republican Kris Kobach have ...

Kansas to recruit teens as poll workers in response to virus

TOPEKA — Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab wants to recruit people as young as 16 to volunteer as poll workers in the November election because he is concerned about a second wave of coronavirus infections that could hit in the fall. Schwab told The Topeka Capital-Journal that young ...

Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting

Updated at 12:49 p.m. Sunday TOPEKA — Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas that the state party conducted exclusively by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president had been expected to prevail in Saturday's vote and capture a ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for reelection in 2020

The Douglas County district attorney will seek to retain his seat in the 2020 election. Charles Branson, who has served as district attorney since January 2005, announced in a Tuesday news release that he filed to run for reelection. He is running as a Democrat, according to the Kansas ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Democrat Bollier tops GOP hopefuls in Kansas U.S. Senate fundraising

MISSION — Republicans looking to protect their majority in the U.S. Senate have been unable to match the fundraising prowess of a party-switching Democratic state lawmaker in normally reliably red Kansas. It's unclear how much it matters that state Sen. Barbara Bollier raised $2.35 million ...

Captain files to run for Douglas County Sheriff in 2020 election

A 33-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the fourth employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Doug Woods, the office’s operations division administrative captain, announced his candidacy for the sheriff position in a news release on Tuesday. He ...