The deadline to file for office passed at noon on June 1 and there are some new faces among the traditional candidates that caught the Voice’s attention. Several candidates made it through without an opposition, while some longtime incumbents have rare opposition.
In Wichita, incumbents Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and Rep. Gail Finney both were unopposed in their bids for reelection. In Kansas City, Sen. David Haley and Rep. Valdenia Winn were both unopposed.
Broderick Henderson, who rarely draws any opposition for his bid to for the Kansas House from Kansas City. This year he drew a Democratic opponent Kimberly Lampkin. The winner or their August Primary will not have an opponent.
Barbara Ballard, an 11-term incumbent Democrat from Lawrence has both a Republican and Democratic opponent.
A couple of new faces: Retired school teacher Michelle Van is running for the 31st Kansas Senate District. That seat covers northern Sedgwick County. Not quite a new faces, but well on his way to being a new member of the Kansas House is Kelechi “K.C.” Ohaebosim. K.C. has no opposition in his bid to represent the 89th Kansas House District. Incumbent Rod Houston isn’t seeking reelection and no one else filed to run.
This year, all 125 members of the Kansas House and all of the Kansas Senate — 40 members — are up for election. Congratulation to the Kansas Democrats for finding a candidate to run in almost every race. In Republican dominated Kansas, there is rarely a scarcity of Republican candidates, but the same typically doesn’t hold true for the Democrats.
This year, the Democrats had at least one candidate in all 40 of the Kansas Senate races. In races for the Kansas House, they had a candidate in all but 33 of the 125 house races. That isn’t bad, especially when you weight that against the 19 house races where Republicans did not have a candidate.
The primary elections are Tuesday August 2. General elections are Nov. 8.
Read on to find out about more new faces and incumbents facing rare opposition.