5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November.

Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday’s primary election.

Those candidates are:

•Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, who received 3,360 votes Tuesday. Highberger is the only candidate who will face a general election challenger — though not from the Republican Party. Highberger is challenged by Dante Javaheri, who is running as a Libertarian. Highberger has served in the state Legislature since 2014.

•Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, who received 9,086 votes Tuesday. Francisco has served in the state senate since 2004 and previously served on the Lawrence City Commission and as the city’s mayor.

•Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, who received 3,544 votes Tuesday. Ballard has served in the House of Representatives since 1992 and will enter her 15th term in January. She also works as an administrator at the University of Kansas through her role as a senior director at the Dole Institute of Politics.

•Rep. Mike Amyx, D-Lawrence, who received 3,921 votes Tuesday. Amyx was first elected to the seat in 2018 and previously served on the Lawrence City Commission and the Douglas County Commission, and as the town’s mayor for six separate terms.

•Ann Mah, the Democratic representative for the 4th District on the Kansas State Board of Education, who received 9,176 votes in Douglas County Tuesday. Districtwide totals were not immediately available Tuesday, as the Kansas Secretary of State’s reporting website did not track candidates running unopposed. Mah has served on the board since 2016.

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