Brown voted Eudora’s next representative
Although Anthony Brown hasn't studied the numbers, he's certain of what put him over the top in the Republican primary for the 38th District seat.
"Eudora and Douglas County really stepped up for me," he said. "At first glance, you think Eudora really stands behind its own."
At a gathering Tuesday for U.S. 3rd District House candidate Kris Kobach, reporters from Johnson County newspapers told him he had lost the election based on Johnson County results, Brown said. He refused to concede until Douglas County figures came in. It was a wise decision.
The Douglas County results reversed a narrow lead for his opponent, Tom Marsh of Olathe, into a relatively easy win for Brown.
Unofficial Johnson County results indicated Marsh won in that county 1,594 to 1,339. But Marsh was only able to pick up 109 votes in Douglas County while Brown earned 819. The Douglas County landslide gave Brown a 56 percent plurality.
The win came as a result of the hard work of his family and volunteers, whose efforts included one last canvas of Eudora on Sunday, Brown said.
As pleased as he was with his Douglas County effort, Brown said he connected with voters in Johnson County during his months of walking the district's neighborhoods. He found voters receptive in Shawnee, Lenexa and even in Marsh's home in the Cedar Creek subdivision of Olathe, Brown said.
With no Democrat in the 38th District general election, the primary victory put Brown into the legislature, where in January he will be the first Eudora resident to serve since David Miller's House term ended in 1991. Brown said Miller played a role in his successful campaign.
"David was a confidant," he said. "He was instrumental in my campaign, pointing me in the right direction."
C.C. Gerstenberger served three terms in the Kansas House in the 1920s and 1930s, his son Carrol Gerstenberger said.
Brown said with no campaign of his own he would help with those of other Republican House members. On the top of that list is the campaign of Rich Lorenzo, who is challenging Democrat Tom Holland in the 10th House District that includes Brown's hometown of Baldwin City.