In something of an upset, Democratic challenger Jeremy Johnson has defeated long time incumbent Carl Wood for the District 3 Crawford County Commission seat 473-309.
Johnson will face Republican nominee Chad Ulepich.
In the District 1 race on the Democratic side, Richard Gilmore defeated Larry Brunetti 427-383 and will face Bruce Blair who, in a three-way race defeated Greg Hite and Jeff Smith. Blair had 544 votes, Hite 444 and Smith 310.
Overall in Crawford County, there were a total of 5,377 votes cast out of 25,758 registered voters.
On the Democratic side, 30.55 percent of voters, or 7,871 people turned out. For the Republicans, 8,223 voters turned out or 31.91 percent of those eligible.
These are unofficial numbers, and will not be final until the canvass by the Crawford County Commission on Aug. 14, however there are unlikely to be enough provisional ballots to change the outcome of any race.
At the state level, according to the Associated Press, Veteran Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly wins Democratic nomination for governor after stressing her Statehouse experience.
The Topeka Capital Journal’s Sherman Smith wrote Kelly touted her leadership positions in the Senate, where she has served Topeka since taking office in 2005, and her in-depth knowledge of state government.
“I know where all the problems are, and I know how to fix them,” Kelly said in the CJonline story..
Kelly said many issues face the next governor. She put education in the number one position, and improvements to infrastructure and broadband that need to be made to attract businesses and bolster the state’s lagging economy. She also wants to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance coverage to more low-income Kansans.
“I learned a long time ago that the way to appeal to a lot of different people is to express their values, care about the things they care about,” she said. “That’s what I do.”
As of press time, the AP reported that incumbent Republican Governor Jeff Colyer held a slight lead with 80,582 votes to challenger Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s 78,945; a roughly 1 percent lead with 55 percent of precincts reporting.
In the District 2 U.S. House of Representatives Republican race, Steve Watkins was carrying a 3 percent lead with 17,431 to state Rep. Caryn Tyson’s 15,296 votes, with 84 percent of precincts reporting.
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The Associated Press and the Topeka Capital Journal contributed to this report.