Republican wins Senate Third District
Lawrence farmer heading to state legislature
Winning the vote in her home area, Leavenworth County, wasn't enough for a local woman to win a seat in the Kansas Senate.
Jan Justice, D-Bonner Springs, lost her statehouse bid to Roger Pine, R-Lawrence.
Vote totals in the three areas the Third Senate District comprises -- Leavenworth County and parts of Jefferson and Douglas counties -- indicate Justice received 16,583 votes, or 48 percent, against 17,791 votes, 52 percent, for Pine.
Justice gained the most ground in Leavenworth County, where she narrowly defeated Pine, 6,184 to 5,856.
However, the victory was short lived as Pine gained control of the election through the voting districts near his Douglas County home.
He outdistanced Justice by 1,064 votes (4,732 to 3,668) in Jefferson County and by 522 votes (7,203 to 6,681) in Douglas County.
Pine, a farmer and small business owner, said during his campaign that he will primarily focus on economic development and legislation making economic conditions easier for small businesses.
Outside of economic development, Pine said he believes in delivering a quality education to students and improving the efficiency of government operations.
Sen. Bob Lyon, R-Winchester, the current office holder, announced several months before the August primary that he would not seek re-election.