If you were thinking about sitting out the Tues., Aug. 2nd primaries, think again. Check out these face-offs that could bump out incumbents and others that may decided who represents us in Washington D.C.

U.S Senate Race

There are two Democrats vying in this state wide race. Monique Singh will face off against front runner Patrick Wiesner. Singh is running as part of a push by the Universal African Peoples Organization, a national organization that promotes the concept of proportionate representation, which encourages the percentage of elected officials to mirror the overall African-American population. Wiesner, a Johnson County Tax and bankruptcy attorney is a well-funded opposition to her grassroots campaign. The winner will face-off against incumbent Jerry Moran in November.

U.S Congress, District 3

Nathaniel McLaughlin, a retired business executive, will face off against Reggie Marselus and Jay Sidie in this Democratic Primary . Marselus is a retired Lenexa electrician. McLaughlin has been active in the community for decades, serving most recently as the president of the Kansas State Organization of NAACP Branches. However Sidie, the owner of a financial firm in Lenexa, is the front runner in this race. He’s been endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which opens the doors for major donations in what will be a difficult general election. The winner of this primary will most likely face off against incumbent Kevin Yoder. However Yoder does have an opponent in the primary. 

U.S Congress, District 4 

Robert Tillman, is running again for Congress. This year, his Democratic opposition is Daniel Giroux, a Wichita attorney. The winner will face off against incumbent Mike Pompeo. 

District Attorney, Wyandotte County

This is one of the hottest races of the primary season. Without a Republican in the race, this is a winner takes all primary. Incumbent District Attorney Jerome Gorman is up against a relative, political newcomer Mark Dupree. Dupree, a Kansas City native and pastor, with deep roots in the community, is giving Gorman a race for his money. This one could be an upset, if enough people come out to vote.

KS Senate, District 20

This is a hotly contest race with four Democrats and two Republicans vying for this seat that represents the Southern part of Shawnee County and parts of Topeka. On the Republican side, incumbent Vicki Schmidt, has one opponent. Democrats vying for the seat are: Candace Ayars, Richard Rick Munez Cortez, Clarence Hinchy, and Dennis Rogers. 

KS House, District 44

Democratic incumbent Barbara Ballard has an opponent in her primary for reelection. The 11-term incumbent representing the Lawrence community is being opposed by Steven X. Davis, a freelance writer, copy editor and math tutor. 

KS House, District 35

In heavily Democratic Wyandotte County this primary will probably be the decider, so there should be some excitement around this primary. Incumbent Broderick Henderson is being opposed by Kimberly Lampkin, a data analyst at Grantham University. Henderson rarely draws an opponent, so this may hint at a desire for change from the community.

KS House, District 58

Ben Scott, a Democrat who was appointed late last year to fill an unexpired term has two opponents in the primary. One opponent is recently retired Municipal Court Judge Vic Miller. His other opponent is Democrat Brett Kell. There isn’t a Republican opponent in this race, so the winner of the primary is the likely winner of the general election. 

KS House, District 38

Willie Dove, an incumbent Republican has two opponents in his primary race. The district covers part of Leavenworth County, parts of Bonner Springs and Lansing; and part of Johnson County, including Gardner, Lenexa, and Olathe. The candidate who wins the primary will be opposed by Mike Fonkert, the Democrat, who is an organizer of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

KS House, District 68

Newcomer Nicholas Allbritton, a Republican, has two opponents in his primary bid.

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