Flaharty likely to replace Frieden as Democratic candidate in District 93 House race

TOPEKA — Pamela Frieden, the Democratic nominee for southwest Sedgwick County’s District 93 House seat, has withdrawn from the race, the Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday.

Democrats are poised to install Sammy Flaharty, of Garden Plain, as their new candidate in a meeting of three precinct committee members in Goddard Thursday.

Frieden announced she would not seek the seat before the August primary. But she won anyway with 262 votes to Flaharty’s 164. Frieden couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday.

Flaharty, who is a substitute teacher after retiring from a job with the Kansas Corporation Commission and closing a hair-styling business,  said she, her husband and one other person are the only Democratic precinct committee people in the 93rd District.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be the candidate,” she joked.

Flaharty will face Dan Thimesch, a former Democratic House member who is running as an independent, and Republican George Edwards in the November election.