"Unprecedented" number of Democratic candidates vie for KS Legislature seats

Published: Jun. 1, 2016 at 9:08 PM CDT
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This year all seats in the Kansas Legislature are up for re-election and Kansas Democrats are vying for those seats more than ever.

"We were able to recruit 40 democrats to run in 40 Senate Districts," said Lee Kinch, Chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party. "Unprecedented for my life time in politics."

The Kansas Democratic Party said it has candidates running in 100% of Kansas Senate Districts and roughly 75% of Kansas House Districts.

"The political situation in this state, the mismanagement of the budget, the mismanagement of the economy has encouraged these candidates to come forward," said Kinch. "To campaign and give voters a choice. Voters need to inform themselves concerning the positions of the representatives in the House and the Senate."

"Is it surprising? Yes, it's surprising just because those numbers are not easy to come by in a conservative state like Kansas, but it's not super surprising," said political analyst Dr. Russell Arben Fox. "We're six years in to a very unpopular governor, most of the financial news, political news, really just tends to reaffirm that. You can take a look at his polls. Because Brownback himself is not up for re-election again, the next best thing is to go after the Brownback majority."

While Dr. Fox said the added Democrats will make the November election more interesting, he said they shouldn't get their hopes up just yet.

"The reality is in 2014 Brownback was down in the polls, Roberts was down in the polls and you saw this sort of evidence that you were going to see some real turnover in the legislature and there wasn't," said Dr. Fox. "Brownback was re-elected, Roberts was re-elected, Kobach was re-elected, the conservative majority was actually strengthened in 2014. It's still Kansas. It's still a state where registered Republicans out number registered democrats by more than two to one."

There will be a third choice in some districts as seven Libertarian candidates will be running for Kansas Senate and House.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Republican Party for comment on this story but did not get a response Wednesday night.

You can find a list of all Republicans and Democrats running for office in the 2016 Primary in a link on the side of this web story entitles "Candidates for 2016 Primary."

You can also find a list of the Libertarian candidates on the right side of this article.

Libertarian Candidates in the 2016 Primary:

Oxford Township Trustee
Rob Hodgkinson
16310 Kenneth Road
Stilwell, KS 66085
United States Senator
Robert D. Garrard
2287 N. 300 Rd
Edgerton, KS 66021
United States House of Representatives Dist. # 1
Kerry Burt
314 Robert St
Hutchinson, KS 67502

United States House of Representatives Dist. # 2
James Houston Bales

4401 Adam Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047
United States House of Representatives Dist. # 3
Steven A. Hohe

4760 Black Swan Dr
Shawnee, KS 66216
United States House of Representatives Dist. # 4
Gorden J.Bakken
4323 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Magistrate Judge - District 15 Position 1
A. Danielle Gardner
312 W Spencer Street
P.O. Box 1201
St Francis, KS 67756
Kansas Senate - District 6
Jason Conley
9127 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112

Kansas Senate - District 21
Michael Kerner
15515 W. 80th St
Lenexa, KS 66219
Kansas House of Representatives - District  9
Patrick McMurray
1500 W Main  Apt 111
Chanute, KS 66720

Kansas House of Representatives - District  19
John Taube
8857 Broadmoor Ct  Apt 3405
Overland Park, KS 66212

Kansas House of Representatives - District  38  
Frederick Caleb Cristopher
3111 N 155th Terrace
Bashor, KS 66007
(913) 961-5689

Kansas House of Representatives - District  71  
Joey Frazier
722 E. Iron Ave
Salina, KS 67401
Kansas House of Representatives - District  86
James Pruden
2918 East Morris Street
Wichita, KS 67211
316 686-0310