Daily Archives: Aug. 3, 2010

Burtnett, Fearey not shy about reaction to election results

Lucy Burtnett and Sharon Fearey did not mince words explaining their reactions to losing their respective primaries Tuesday night for the District 4 Sedgwick County commission seat.

Burtnett, a Republican, lost her primary to newcomer Richard Ranzau.

She said she would not support him and voters should prepare to see him vote “no” on everything.

Fearey, who lost her Democratic primary to Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, could see the results of her race change. Only 60 votes separated the race, but Fearey didn’t hold out much hope Tuesday night.

Fearey said she was surprised that voters would choose a candidate who has housing violations and violated campaign finance rules.

The Eagle reported earlier that the city has cited a home Faust-Goudeau owns for housing violations and that Faust-Goudeau accepted too much in in-kind contributions from Harris Media.

Arnold, Faust-Goudeau, Ranzau and Skelton win primaries

Results are in in the Sedgwick County commission races.

Winners are:

District 1 Democratic primary: Betty Arnold

District 4 Democratic primary: Oletha Faust-Goudeau

District 4 Republican primary: Richard Ranzau

District 5 Republican primary: Jim Skelton

Goyle claims Democratic primary victory, decries “nasty personal attacks” by GOP

Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, formally claimed victory in the Democratic primary for the 4th District congressional race minutes ago.

Goyle, who easily handled underfunded challenger Robert Tillman, drew repeated applause from the standing-room only crowd at his victory party when he vowed to work to end tax subsidies that help corporations outsource American jobs overseas.

He also drew loud applause when he promised to hold Wall Street bankers accountable for their actions that plunged the nation into recession.

But his biggest applause line came when he talked about the 4th District Republican campaign.

Speaking before it was decided, he said that if Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita won the Republican nod, “One thing will be certain, the nasty personal attack ads will finally stop.”

However, he said two of the other GOP candidates, Republican National Commiteeman Mike Pompeo and businessman Wink Hartman, had engaged in an “unprecedented campaign of attack ads and mudslinging.”

He promised his supporters “we will respond to any and all attacks vigorously and factually, because the voters of Kansas deserve nothing less.”

After his speech, he said “I’ve heard from thousands of voters who were put off by the tone of the campaign” between Pompeo and Hartman.

Faust-Goudeau, Ranzau, Skelton leading races

With about 35 of 48 precincts reporting, Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau is leading former Wichita City Council member Sharon Fearey in the District 4 Democratic primary for Sedgwick County commissioner.

Newcomer Richard Ranzau is ahead of former commissioner Lucy Burtnett in the Republican primary.

Wichita City Council member Jim Skelton is ahead of Derby city leaders Dion Avello and Chuck Warren in the District 5 race, with 10 of 42 precincts reporting. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic incumbent Gwen Welshimer.

Anti-abortion group’s endorsement ads appear and reappear at polling place

An anti-abortion group’s voters’ guides showed up on a table near the entrance to a Wichita polling site Tuesday, according to observers.

The Kansans for Life guides, which carried the group’s candidate endorsements, were placed on a table in the entry to Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Voters passed through the area on their way to the church gymnasium to vote.

Attorney William Deer, who was not affiliated with any campaign, picked up two copies of the voter cards and reported them to poll workers.

He said because the cards endorsed specific candidates, they constitute illegal electioneering with the 250-limit around polling places.

Among the candidates endorsed in the flier was 4th District congressional candidate Mike Pompeo, a member of the Eastminster congregation.

Earlier today, observers representing the Wink Hartman and Jean Schodorf campaigns had objected to the presence of copies of the voting guide in the church entryway.

They were removed, but new copies were back a couple of hours later.

The poll judge at the church declined comment. Election Commissioner Bill Gale could not immediately be reached.

Lots of independent voters switching to GOP for today’s primary

Independent voters crossing over to vote in the hotly contested Republican primary could emerge as one of the big stories of today’s election.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale said his staff has had to make several trips to polling places to replenish supplies of “affiliation cards,” which unaffiliated voters have to fill out if they want to vote in the Republican primary.

Early today, the campaigns of candidates Jean Schodorf, Wink Hartman and Jim Anderson all complained that they had voters turned away from polling places when they tried to switch their registration from independent to Republican to vote.

Gale said he contacted officials at two polling places to re-explain the rules governing that process.

The rules are set by the political parties whose nominees for the general election are being selected today.

Unaffiliated voters can cast a Republican ballot if they fill out an affiliation card at the polling place before voting.

In essence, they are joining the GOP on the spot.

Gale said he was surprised by the high demand for affiliation cards, as he had supplied 100 to each of his smaller polling sites and 200 to the larger ones.

It is highly likely that most of the affiliation cards filled out today are to switch from unaffiliated to Republican.

Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote a Democratic ballot without changing their independent status or filling out a card.

Gale said out of the approximately 6,600 ballots cast at advance voting sites before the election, about 360 had been unaffiliated voters who declared party afilliation for this election.

He said that was about three times as many as in previous primaries.

Most of the newly affiliated became Republicans, although a few voters did declare as Democrats.

The GOP ballot has the two most hotly contested races: – a showdown between Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt for a U.S. Senate seat. – the 4th District primary to replace Tiahrt in Congress. That race features Hartman, Schodorf, Anderson, Mike Pompeo and Paij Rutschman.