By Travis Mounts
Two Republican incumbents will face challengers in the August primary.
the 4th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Mike Pompeo of
Wichita will be challenged by the man he replaced, Todd Tiahrt of
In the Kansas 93rd House District, incumbent George “Joe” Edwards, Jr., will face off against John Whitmer of west Wichita.
first won the seat in 2010, beating out a crowded field of Republicans
and then easily winning the general election. The U.S. House seat came
open in 2010 after Tiahrt decided to run for Sam Brownback’s open U.S.
Senate seat. Jerry Moran beat Tiahrt in the primary, and Brownback was
elected as Kansas governor.
93rd House District came open two years ago after a federal court
redrew both the Kansas House and Senate districts. The court decision
came after the House and Senate failed to approve new districts after
the 2010 census.
new district lines left then Rep. Dan Kerschen – the incumbent in the
93rd District – outside of the district and inside of the new 101st
House District, where he would have been forced to run against his
friend Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie). Instead, Kerschen (R-Garden
Plain) successfully ousted incumbent Dick Kelsey (R-Goddard) for the
26th Senate seat as part of a statewide effort that saw moderates and
others purged in favor of conservatives more loyal to Brownback.
decision came just three days before the filing deadline. Edwards
(R-Haysville) beat fellow Republican Carl Koster of Cheney in the
primary and then beat a Democratic and Independent challenger in the
93rd House District covers much of southwest and southern Sedgwick
County, including Cheney, Clearwater, the area just south of Goddard,
Viola, and the southern part of Haysville.
the governor’s race, incumbent Sam Brownback will face Jennifer Winn of
Haysville. Paul Davis of Lawrence is the Democratic challenger.
of State Kris Kobach also has a primary challenger in Scott Morgan of
Lawrence. The Democrat in the race is Jean Schodorf of Wichita, a former
moderate Republican who changed parties after losing her Senate seat
two years ago when the conservative wing executed a successful takeover
of the Senate, which often was controlled by moderate Republicans in
conjunction with Democrats.
Attorney General and State Treasurer races have one Republican and one
Democrat, and five Republicans and a Democrat are seeking the
Commissioner of Insurance seat being vacated by Sandy Praeger.