Kansas Elections

This Year's Ballot

In 2022, state offices up for election include Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, some seats on the State Board of Education, and all members of the Kansas House of Representatives. There are also ballot measures during both the August Primary and November General Election.

Statewide Offices

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

The Kansas state government's executive branch is led by the Governor, who is responsible for carrying out state laws and administering the executive budget. The Lieutenant Governor is first in line to succeed to the governorship in the event of a vacancy. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected to a 4-year term. They are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being able to run again. Governor and Lieutenant Governor are up for election in 2022.

List of Governor & Lieutenant Governor candidates

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is the state's chief election officer. The Secretary of State is elected to a 4-year term with no term limit. The Secretary of State is responsible for:

  • Administering elections
  • Administering Kansas business entity laws
  • Administering the uniform commercial code

The Secretary of State is a member of the State Board of Canvassers, State Election Board, State Objections Board, and State Rules and Regulations Board. The Secretary of State appoints the election commissioner in the four most populous counties: Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte. The Secretary of State is up for election in 2022.

List of Secretary of State candidates

Attorney General

The Attorney General is the state's top law enforcement official. The Attorney General is elected to a 4-year term with no term limit. The Attorney General's duties include:

  • Assisting in criminal investigation and prosecution
  • Representing the state and its employees in civil lawsuits
  • Providing legal advice to state officers and employees

The Attorney General is a member of the State Board of Canvassers, State Election Board, State Objections Board, State Records Board, and State Rules and Regulations Board. The Attorney General is up for election in 2022.

List of Attorney General candidates

State Treasurer

The State Treasurer acts as the state's chief financial officer. The State Treasurer is elected to a 4-year term with no term limits. The State Treasurer's office is responsible for administering the state's budget and payroll, managing the Learning Quest postsecondary education savings program, and maintaining a list of unclaimed property. The State Treasurer is up for election in 2022.

List of State Treasurer candidates

Insurance Commissioner

The Insurance Commissioner is responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing insurance companies and agents licensed to do business in Kansas. The Insurance Commissioner is elected to a 4-year term with no term limits. State law requires the Insurance Commissioner to "be a person well versed and experienced in the business of insurance and matters relating thereto; and he shall give his personal presence and attention to the duties of his office; but in no case shall such commissioner of insurance be in the employment of any insurance company or have any official connection with any insurance company, or any financial interest in any insurance company other than as a policyholder." The Insurance Commissioner is up for election in 2022.

List of Insurance Commissioner candidates

Senate

Kansas has 40 Senate districts, including nine that comprise part of Wichita or Sedgwick County. Kansas senators are elected to a 4-year term with no term limit. The Senate meets in Topeka annually for approximately 90 days, beginning in January. All 40 seats are up for election at the same time, with the next election in 2024.

House of Representatives

Kansas has 125 state representatives, including 23 from districts that comprise part of Wichita or Sedgwick County. Representatives are elected to a 2-year term with no term limit. The House meets in Topeka annually for approximately 90 days, beginning in January. All 125 seats are up for election in 2022.

List of House candidates

State Board of Education

The mission of the State Board of Education "is to prepare Kansas students for lifelong success through rigorous, quality academic instruction, career training and character development according to each student's gifts and talents," according to the State Department of Education's website. The Board of Education has 10 districts across the state, including three that comprise part of Wichita or Sedgwick County: districts 7, 8, and 10. Members serve 4-year terms. The seats in odd-numbered districts are up for election in 2022.

List of State Board of Education candidates

Statewide Ballot Measures

In 2022, there will be three statewide ballot measures. One will be on the ballot during the August Primary election and two will be on the ballot during the November General election.

List of Ballot Measures

This Year's Candidates

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Candidates

Democratic Primary

Independent Candidates

  • Dennis Pyle and Kathleen Garrison

Libertarian Candidates

Republican Primary


Secretary of State Candidates

Democratic Primary

Libertarian Candidate

  • Cullene Lang

Republican Primary


Attorney General Candidates

Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

Derek Schmidt, the incumbent Attorney General, is running for Governor.


State Treasurer Candidates

Democratic Primary

Libertarian Candidate

  • Steve Roberts

Republican Primary


Insurance Commissioner Candidates


House of Representatives Candidates

A map showing the Wichita-area Kansas House of Representatives districts

District 81

District 82

District 82 also includes portions of Sumner county.

Jesse Burris, the incumbent in House District 82, is running for District Magistrate Judge.

District 83

  • Henry Helgerson (D) (incumbent)

District 84

  • Ford Carr (D)

According to the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, Gail Finney, the incumbent in House District 84, withdrew from the election.

District 85

District 85 also includes portions of Butler county.

District 86

  • Rick Lindsey (R)
  • Silas Miller (D)

Stephanie Byers, the incumbent in House District 86, withdrew from the election, stating in part, "My wife and I have aging parents with major health issues and we are placing them first. Today I am withdrawing my bid for re-election so we can focus on their needs."

District 87

District 88

District 88 also includes portions of Butler county.

District 89

District 90

Steve Huebert, the incumbent in House District 90, has chosen not to seek re-election.

District 91

District 92

District 93

District 94

District 95

District 96

District 97

District 98

District 99

District 99 also includes portions of Butler county.

District 100

District 101

District 101 also includes portions of Reno county.

  • Jamey Lee Blubaugh (R)
  • Joe Seiwert (R) (incumbent)

District 103

  • Angela Martinez

Ponka-We Victors, the incumbent in House District 103, has not filed for re-election.

District 105

  • Jaelynn Elise Abegg (D)
  • Brenda K. Landwehr (R)

State Board of Education Candidates

A map showing the State Board of Education districts that comprise part of Wichita or Sedgwick County

The next election for State Board of Education Districts 8 and 10 – and all even-numbered Board of Education seats – is in 2024.

District 7

  • Dennis Hershberger (R)
  • Ben Jones (R) (incumbent)

This Year's Statewide Ballot Measures

August: No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment

This will be on the August Primary Election ballot for all Kansas voters. Primary Election day is August 2.

If approved by voters, this measure would add the following section to the Bill of Rights in the Kansas constitution:

"§ 22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother."

The following explanation will appear on each voter's ballot:

The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
A vote for the Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion.
A vote against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.

Source: House Concurrent Resolution 5003

November Ballot Measures

These will be on the November General Election ballot for all Kansas voters. General Election day is November 8.

Legislative Veto or Suspension of Executive Agency Regulations Amendment

If approved by voters, this measure would add the following section to Article 1 of the Kansas constitution:

"§ 17. Legislative oversight of administrative rules and regulations. Whenever the legislature by law has authorized any officer or agency within the executive branch of government to adopt rules and regulations that have the force and effect of law, the legislature may provide by law for the revocation or suspension of any such rule and regulation, or any portion thereof, upon a vote of a majority of the members then elected or appointed and qualified in each house."

The following explanation will appear on each voter's ballot:

The purpose of this amendment is to provide the legislature with oversight of state executive branch agencies and officials by providing the legislature authority to establish procedures to revoke or suspend rules and regulations.
A vote for this proposition would allow the legislature to establish procedures to revoke or suspend rules and regulations that are adopted by state executive branch agencies and officials that have the force and effect of law.
A vote against this proposition would allow state executive branch agencies and officials to continue adopting rules and regulations that have the force and effect of law without any opportunity for the legislature to directly revoke or suspend such rules and regulations.

Source: House Concurrent Resolution 5014

County Sheriff Election and Recall Amendment

If approved by voters, this measure would amend sections and 5 of Article 9 of the Kansas constitution to require a sheriff be elected in each county for a term of four years. Any county which abolished the office of sheriff prior to January 11, 2022 would be excluded from this requirement. Riley County is the only one of the state's 105 counties without a sheriff.

The following explanation will appear on each voter's ballot:

This amendment would preserve the right of citizens of each county that elected a county sheriff as of January 11, 2022, to continue electing the county sheriff. The amendment would also provide that a county sheriff only may be involuntarily removed from office pursuant to either a recall election or a writ of quo warranto initiated by the attorney general
A vote for this proposition would preserve the right of citizens of each county that elected a county sheriff as of January 11, 2022, to continue electing the county sheriff via popular vote. The amendment would also direct that a county sheriff only may be involuntarily removed from office pursuant to either a recall election or a writ of quo warranto initiated by the attorney general.
A vote against this proposition would not make any changes to the constitution and would retain current law concerning the election of a sheriff and the procedures for involuntary removal of a sheriff from office.

Source: House Concurrent Resolution 5022


This page last updated on June 10, 2022.
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