• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Local, statewide primary races set for Aug. 2

Updated: Jun 23

With the June 10 deadline for filing for a Kansas Legislature and U.S. House of Representative office passing yesterday, little has changed for Linn County voters since the beginning of the week. While filing for statewide and county offices had a June 1 deadline, the deadline for the other offices was later because the districts were only set last month.

Three-term incumbent Rep. Trevor Jacobs of Fort Scott, a Republican, is the only candidate to file for the 4th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. He will have no Republican or Democratic challenger on the ballot, essentially guaranteeing a fourth term for him.

The 4th District includes all of Linn County except Liberty Township, which includes Parker. Liberty Township is now included in the 9th District, which includes all of Anderson and Allen counties as well as a strip of southern Miami County east of U.S. Highway 169.

Two candidates filed in the 9th District race, Alana Cloutier, a Democrat and Fred Gardner, a Republican. That district has been represented by Kent Thompson, an Iola Republican, who opted not to run for re-election.

No additional candidates filed in the 2nd Congressional District in the past week. Rep. Jake LaTurner, a Republican who currently represents the 2nd District in the U.S. House, has filed for another term. His only challenger is Patrick Schmidt, a Democrat.

Two people filed to be the next representative from District 1 on the Linn County Commission. Jason HIghtower and Rosemary T. Long, both Republicans, filed for the post by the deadline of noon on Wednesday, June 1.

Hightower, a former senior vice president for First Option Bank and crop insurance representative, has been operating his family’s cattle and crop operation the past couple of years.

Long, currently the co-owner of Hook ’N’ Deals bait shop in La Cygne, is a former nurse who also taught nursing courses.

Both candidates live in rural La Cygne.

The District 1 commission seat, currently held by Rick James, represents residents in North and South Lincoln and Scott townships, including the cities of La Cygne and Linn Valley. James announced earlier this year that he did not intend to seek re-election to the post.

In statewide filings, Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican who represents the 12th Senate District in the Legislature, which includes all of Linn County, has filed for the State Treasurer post now held by Lynn Rogers, a Democrat. However, Tyson must first defeat Steven Johnson, who is also a Republican, in the August primary.

Incumbent Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland will face challengers Richard S. Karnowski and running mate Barry J. Francoon on the Democratic ticket in August. The winner of the primary will face the winner of the Republican primary Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt and running mate Katie Sawyer or Arlyn Briggs and running mate Lance Berland. The Kelly/Toland and Schmidt/Sawyer camps have already started waging advertising campaigns.

Incumbent Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, a Republican, will be facing a challenge from both parties. If Schawb beats Republican challenger Mike Brown in the primary, he will face Democratic challenger Jeanna Repass.

With Schmidt seeking the governor’s post, the Attorney General election is wide open. Republican Kris Kobach, who held the post before Schmidt, is seeking his old job back. However, he will face criticism from his past unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in Kansas as well as a challenge from Tony Mattivi and Kellie Warren in the primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Chris Mann in the general election.

Vicki Schmidt, a Republican who is the incumbent state Commissioner of Insurance, will face a challenge from Democrat Kiel Corkran in the general election in November.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is up for re-election, and the Republican has a host of challengers this year. Joan Farr is the only Republican trying to unseat Moran. But Democratic candidates include Mike Andra, Paul Buskirk, Mark Holland, Robert Klingenberg, Michael Soetaert and Patrick Wiesner.

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