Democratic Kansas House candidate Dan Manning’s campaign got pretty heavy when he received a death threat earlier this summer. Manning, who’s openly gay, found the threat clipped to his apartment door in August.
But his election night party, which by 8 p.m. had attracted about 40 friends and supporters to downtown bar Rain, was anything but heavy. Manning and Co. snacked on taquitos and veggies while watching election results on a computer screen.
Among the notable Wichitans present: City Council candidate Jason Dilts; Bert Pearce, the president of Wichita Pride; and Lyndsay Stauble, the director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party.
Manning, who’s running against Republican incumbent Brenda Landwehr, hadn’t seen any results yet. But regardless of the outcome, he planned to party late into the night, grateful just to have had the chance to run.
“Aside from the long hours, it’s been a great experience,” he said, “a very humbling experience.”