Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Upstart candidates best in-office opponents in county races

DA unseated; outside candidates snag seats for Douglas Co. treasurer, clerk

November 4, 2004

Although the presidential race may still be up in the air, Tuesday's elections with local impact for Eudora are more clear-cut. However, election results are preliminary until votes are canvassed.
In the race to represent Eudora and the rest of the 3rd District in the Kansas Senate, Republican Roger Pine of Lawrence edged out Democrat opponent Jan Justice of Bonner Springs. Pine nabbed 52 percent of the vote (17,791), whereas Justice garnered 48 percent (16,533).
In the primary election in August, Pine defeated Republican opponents including local candidate Richard Rodewald of rural Eudora.
Local candidate Anthony Brown of Eudora had smooth sailing Tuesday. The Republican won the August primary over Tom Marsh of Olathe. With no Democrat running for the seat, Brown was more or less assured his seat in August. Likewise, Eudora's Kay Pesnell, a Democrat, ran unopposed for Douglas County Register of Deeds.
Eudora prosecutor and Lawrence attorney Charles Branson unseated incumbent Christine Kenney for Douglas County District Attorney. Branson took 53 percent of the vote (23,622), and Kenney came out with 47 percent (21,056).
Two other Douglas County offices will welcome newcomers to their ranks. Democrat Paula Gilchrist won the Douglas County Treasurer's seat with 57 percent (24,973) over Cindy Monshizadeh, a Republican, who garnered 43 percent of the vote. Gilchrist is the social service director for the Salvation Army in Lawrence. Monshizadeh is interim Douglas County deputy treasurer.
Newcomer Jamie Shew, a Democrat, snagged the Douglas County Clerk's seat from deputy county clerk of elections Marni Penrod, a Republican. Shew, a college relations coordinator with Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, Mo., took 52 percent (22,041) to Penrod's 48 percent (20,864).
In other election news:
¢ Glen Grosdidier, rural Eudora, was uncontested for Eudora Township treasurer. Grosdidier ran as a Republican.
¢ Bob Johnson, who represents Eudora for the Douglas County Commission 2nd District, was uncontested. Johnson ran as a Republican.
¢ Ken McGovern, a Republican, was uncontested for Douglas County Sheriff.
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