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Kansas Elections

This Year's Races

In 2020, there are races in three areas of state government in Kansas: the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education. There are also judicial retention questions on the ballot.

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 in 2020.

List of Senate candidates

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 2020.

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 accoridng 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. Members serve 4-year terms. Five seats are up for election in 2020, including two local seats: districts 8 and 10.

List of State Board of Education candidates

Judicial Retention

Court of Appeals

In Kansas, the governor appoints judges to the Court of Appeals with confirmation from the Kansas Senate. The appointment lasts for at least a year, followed by a retention election in which voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the judge in office for a four-year term. Judges must face a retention vote for each successive four-year term. There are fourteen judges on the Kansas Court of Appeals, including five facing a retention vote in 2020.

Supreme Court

In Kansas, when there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, a nonpartisan nominating committee selects three potential candidates for justice and then presents those candidates to the governor. The governor must appoint one of those candidates. The appointment lasts for a year, followed by a retention election in which voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for a six-year term. Justices must face a retention vote for each successive six-year term. There are seven justices on the Kansas Supreme Court, including one facing a retention vote in 2020.

List of judges and justices facing retention votes

This Year's Candidates

Senate Candidates

A map showing the Wichita-area Kansas Senate districts

District 16

District 16 also includes portions of Butler County.

  • Timothy Don Fry II (D-Augusta)
  • Ty Masterson (R-Andover) (incumbent)

District 25

District 26

District 27

District 28

District 29

District 30

Incumbent Senator Susan Wagle chose not to run for re-election. She had initially run for the open U.S. Senate seat, but dropped out of that race on May 28.

District 31

District 31 also includes all of Harvey county.

District 32

District 32 also includes all of Barber, Comanche, Harper, and Sumner counties; and portions of Cowley and Kingman counties.

  • Larry W. Alley (R-Winfield) (incumbent)

House of Representatives Candidates

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

District 81

District 82

District 83

  • Henry Helgerson (D-Wichita) (incumbent)
  • David Robbins (R-Wichita)

District 84

  • Gail Finney (D-Wichita) (incumbent)
  • Janet Sue Rine (R-Wichita)

District 85

District 85 also includes portions of Butler county.

Incumbent Represenative Michael Capps (R-Wichita) lost in the primary.

District 86

Incumbent Representative Jim Ward (D-Wichita) is running for Senate District 28.

District 87

Incumbent Representative Renee Erickson (R-Wichita) is running for Senate District 30.

District 88

District 89

District 90

District 91

District 92

District 93

Incumbent Representative J.C. Moore (R-Haysville) lost in the primary.

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.

  • Elliott R. Adams (D-Goddard)
  • Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie) (incumbent)

District 103

District 105


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 District 7 – and all odd-numbered Board of Education seats – is in 2022.

District 8

District 10

  • Jim McNiece (R-Wichita) (incumbent)

Judicial Retention Votes

These votes will appear on the ballot as "Shall (name of judge or justice), (city), (position and court name) be retained in office?"

Court of Appeals

  • Position 4: Sarah E. Warner (appointed in 2019 by Gov. Kelly)
  • Position 6: David E. Bruns (appointed in 2011 by Gov. Brownback)
  • Position 8: G. Gordon Atcheson (appointed in 2010 by Gov. Parkinson)
  • Position 9: Karen M. Arnold-Burger (appointed in 2011 by Gov. Parkinson)
  • Position 14: Kathryn Gardner (appointed in 2015 by Gov. Brownback)

Supreme Court

  • Position 4: Eric S. Rosen (appointed in 2005 by Gov. Sebelius)
This page last updated on October 22, 2020.
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