• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Johnson holds slight lead in state treasurer's race

Updated: Aug 10

This map produced by the Kansas Secretary of State's office shows election results for the state treasurer's post. Caryn Tyson won most of the more populated counties, but Steven C. Johnson pulled enough votes from Wichita and rural areas to give him a slight lead in the unofficial results.

TOPEKA – In a very close race that seesawed back and forth on Tuesday night, Steven C. Johnson holds a 765 vote lead over Caryn Tyson in their bid to become the Republican nominee for Kansas State Treasurer.

Tyson held a slight edge most of the evening, however, as vote counts came in from the final rural counties, Johnson took the lead in the unofficial count.

Tyson, the Parker Republican who represents Linn County in the Kansas Senate, won most of the counties in eastern Kansas – including Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties – the Topeka area and counties in the southeast corner of the state. She also picked up a few scattered counties in the west.

Johnson, a state representative from Assaria, located south of Salina, won counties in the central portion of the state, including the Wichita area.

Handily winning Linn County on Tuesday by picking up nearly 82 percent of the votes, Tyson was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010 before being elected to the state Senate in 2012. She is currently serving her third term in office, and she will be up for re-election in 2024.

Tyson has served as chair of the senate’s powerful Assessment and Taxation Committee since 2017, and was vice chair of that committee for two sessions before that. She also serves on the Commerce, Transportation and Information Technology committees.

Johnson is chair of the House Taxation Committee as well as the Pension, Investments and Benefits Committee.

The official result of the election is expected to be as long as two weeks away following audits and final canvassing.

The winner of the election will face current state Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Democrat who was appointed to the post by Gov. Laura Kelly in December 2020 after then-Treasurer Jake LaTurner was elected to serve the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives.

Prior to that, Rogers was lieutenant governor under Kelly and a state senator from the Wichita area.

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