Eudora candidates win some, lose some
Brown, Branson on top; Englebrecht, Rodewald fall out
Hometown candidate Anthony Brown took the 38th Kansas House of Representatives seat Tuesday night with a win over Olathean Tom Marsh. The Eudora Republican candidate is a shoo-in for the seat in November, as no Democrats or candidates from other parties are contesting the seat. (See 'Brown,' below right).
Brown took 56 percent of the vote in the district, which essentially covers the Kansas Highway 10 corridor from Lawrence to Lenexa. Results are unofficial until canvassed.
Eudora's city prosecutor, Charles Branson, fared well in the Democratic bid for Douglas County District Attorney against Martin Miller. Branson, who will face Democrat and current District Attorney Christine Kenney in November, won with 59.5 percent of the votes.
Two other local candidates in the primary elections didn't fare so well Tuesday. Kansas Senate 3rd District candidate Richard Rodewald, of rural Eudora, came in behind Republican primary winner Roger Pine and fellow Republican Connie O'Brien. The fourth candidate, Chuck Quinn, came in last behind Rodewald.
Democrat Jan Justice won that party's nomination over Edward Sass to face Pine for the 3rd District Kansas Senate seat in November. The District covers Jefferson and Leavenworth counties and the eastern half of Douglas County, including Eudora.
Douglas County Treasurer candidate Sharon Englebrecht of Eudora fell to fellow Republican candidate Cindy Monshizadeh by less than 400 votes. Monshizadeh will go on to face the sole Democratic candidate, Paula Gilchrist.
Perhaps the most exciting race Tuesday was for the U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District that includes Eudora. Republican candidates Kris Kobach and Adam Taff were neck-and-neck at 44 percent of the vote each for the 3rd District bid against Democrat and incumbent Dennis Moore. Republican Patricia Lightner fell in behind both Taff and Kobach.
Republican incumbent Sam Brownback earned an easy nod for one of Kansas' U.S. Senate seats with 83 percent of the vote against Arch Naramore. Robert Conroy edged out fellow Democratic candidate Lee Jones for that party's attempt at the U.S. Senate seat in November.
Eudoran Kay Pesnell, a Democrat, is a shoo-in as the only candidate for Douglas County register of deeds. Other uncontested positions include Republican Ken McGovern for Douglas County Sheriff and Bob Johnson for Eudora's representation on the Douglas County Commission.A few of Tuesday's contests included races with one candidate per party primary. Republican Marni Penrod and Jameson Shew, a Democrat, are vying for Douglas County Clerk. Democrat Bill Wagnon and Republican Robert Meissner are up for the Kansas Board of Education seat that represents Eudora.