Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Campaign filing deadline closed

biggsTOPEKA – When the gavel fell at noon today, 346 Republican and Democratic candidates had filed to appear on the Aug. 3rd primary ballot.

All state House of Representative Members are up for election as well as statewide offices such as governor, state treasurer and secretary of state. One U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, which Republican Sen. Sam Brownback is vacating to run for governor – that has generated a lot of interest for several candidates.

All the state’s Congressional districts are also up for election with three of the four incumbents not returning.

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat and himself up for election and in a contested primary, said he was pleased with the turnout.

“I am encouraged to see so many Kansans make the decision to run for elected office this year,” Biggs said. “I believe that running for office is one of the most important forms of civic engagement.”

Independent candidates don’t have to file Aug. 2 at noon, so there could be more names added to the November ballot. Libertarian and Reform candidates have the same filing deadline as Republicans and Democrats.

More information on filling deadlines and how to file for office is available at the Secretary of State’s office here.

The full list of candidates who filed is available at http://www.kssos.org/elections/electionsupcomingcandidate.asp.

Wichita’s 103rd District has a new state representative: Ponka-We Victors

Ponka-WeTOPEKA – Ponka-We Victors of Wichita essentially became the next state representative in the 103rd District in north Wichita on Thursday, replacing Rep. Delia Garcia as the sole candidate for the seat shortly before the filing deadline.

Both women are Democrats. Garcia, 33, said she was leaving to take a new position in politics but would not say what that is. She was first elected to the 103rd District in 2004.

Victors, 28, has worked as Garcia’s campaign manager in previous elections and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University and a bachelor’s in biology from Newman University.

The two made the last minute switch Thursday shortly before the noon filling deadline for candidates wishing to appear on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.

Victors said access to health care is a major concern for her.

“Growing up in the 103rd District, I’ve always seen a need for health care,” she said.

Her only access to health care growing up was at an Indian Health Services hospital four hours away, she said. She is affiliated with the Ponca Tribe and Tohono-O’odham Nation. So if she got an earache, which she did frequently, she had to endure a painful four-hour ride to the clinic.

“I want to sit at the table to help implement what was just passed on the federal level,” she said.

As far as she knows, Victors said she would be the first Native American woman to serve in the Kansas statehouse.

Victors said she had sat on Garcia’s campaign committees for the last five years and had also been a Native American congressional intern. She said she was looking forward to listening to her constituents.

Garcia said that when she first joined the Legislature, more experienced lawmakers mentored her and she  hoped to do that for her successor.

“She has been working with me on the last three campaigns, so she is definitely the right pick,” she said.

Garcia said she would maintain a connection with the statehouse through Victors.

The last time a Republican ran in the 103rd District in 1998 against former state Rep. Thomas Klein, a Democrat. Klein won 57 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

With triplets on the way, candidate drops out of legislative race

With birth of triplets coming this fall, Eric Payne has dropped his campaign for the 87th district for the Kansas House of Representatives.

The Wichita businessman filed paperwork today notifying the secretary of state’s office of his decision.

In a letter to friends and family, Payne said he and his wife, Cara, recently learned they were expecting triplets.

“Between some expanded responsibilities at work, and the amount of time I will be needed at home once the babies arrive,” Payne wrote, “I just won’t have the time to serve.

“Right now, the health and well-being of my wife and my three unborn children take precedence.  Triplets will be  a unique challenge that we are both looking forward to.”

He said the pregnancy is going well.

Payne, who works in his family’s retail business of Propane Central, was seeking the Republican nomination for the district in east Wichita. He filed in August for the open seat, vacated by Raj Goyle, a Democrat who is running for Congress in the 4th District.

With Payne out of the race,  the 87th district won’t be on the ballot for the primary election, Aug. 3. Joseph Scapa is now the only Republican candidate and Om Chauhan is the lone Democratic candidate for the seat. Deadline for filing was noon today.

In his letter, Payne  said he did not rule out running again in the future.