Brown wins 38th District House seat
Anthony Brown rode a large a victory in Johnson County to re-election in the 38h District Kansas House race.
The Eudora Republican won Johnson County over his Democratic challenger, Stephanie Kelton, Lawrence, by a final count of 7,784 to 4,457. That margin was easily enough to turn around Kelton’s 3,443 to 2,694 edge in Douglas County, giving him an overall advantage of 10,484 to 7,912.
In addition to its Lawrence precincts, the so-called K-10 district stretches from east to Lenexa and includes all of De Soto and Eudora and parts of Lenexa, Olathe and Shawnee. It is estimated growth since 2000 has given the district the largest population of any House district in the state.
Brown said he thought voters related to his circumstances of an ordinary family man going through the same tough times they faced and understanding now was not the time to raise taxes.
Kelton, an economics professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said she was pleased with her showing in Douglas County but it provided too difficult to make inroads in the traditionally Republican Johnson County precincts.
“It’s such a big district,” she said. “As I’ve been told many times in recent weeks, it’s the largest House district. We tried to work it like you need to work it, which is to walk it door-to-door.
“It’s a very tough district for a Democrat.”
With his re-election to a third term, Brown said he would work to introduce “monumental” legislation in the 2009 session designed to provide uninsured Kansans with a free-market solution for interim health insurance.