Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Statewide, congressional races in limelight

November 2, 2006

Tuesday's election is a major one across Kansas - with offices of governor and attorney general up for grabs.

Running for governor are incumbent Kathleen Sebelius, Democrat; Jim Barnett, Emporia Republican; Carl Kramer, Wichita Libertarian; and Richard Ranzau, Wichita Reform.

In the attorney general's race, incumbent Phill Kline, Republican, is being challenged by Paul Morrison, Lenexa Democrat.

And in the running for the 2nd District's U.S. House of Representatives seat are incumbent Jim Ryun, Lawrence Republican; Nancy Boyda, Topeka Democrat; and Roger Tucker, Ottawa Reform.

Other state races include:

¢ State insurance commissioner: Bonnie Sharp, Kansas City Democrat; Patrick Wilbur, Lawrence Libertarian; and Sandy Praeger, Lawrence Republican.

¢ Secretary of state: David Haley, Kansas City Democrat; Rob Hodgkinson, Stilwell Libertarian; Joseph Martin, St. Marys Reform, and Ron Thornburgh, Topeka Republican.

¢ State treasurer: Larry Wilson, Topeka Democrat; and Lynn Jenkins, Topeka Republican.

¢ State House, 42nd District, Kenny Wilk, Lansing Republican, is running unopposed.

¢ State Board of Education, 1st District, Janet Waugh, Kansas City Democrat, is running unopposed.

Commission race

In Leavenworth County, voters in the 1st District will vote on a replacement for Commissioner Don Navinsky, who is retiring.

Two county residents - Ed Sass, an Easton Democrat, and J.C. Tellefson, a Leavenworth Republican, are vying for the seat. The 1st District covers the northern tier of the county, from the Atchison County line south to Leavenworth.

Growing numbers

On a countywide basis, the number of registered voters has grown since the last gubernatorial election, according to the County Clerk's Office.

The clerk's office reported Leavenworth County had 40,755 registered voters as of Tuesday, Oct. 31. In 2002, the county had 35,507 registered voters, 16,835 of whom voted in the general election.

To compare the number of voters with the county's growth, here's some additional information. In 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county's population was estimated at 71,366. The 2006 estimate is 73,113.

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