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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
District 16 also includes portions of Butler County.
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 also includes all of Harvey county.
District 32 also includes all of Barber, Comanche, Harper, and Sumner counties; and portions of Cowley and Kingman counties.
District 85 also includes portions of Butler county.
Incumbent Represenative Michael Capps (R-Wichita) lost in the primary.
Incumbent Representative Jim Ward (D-Wichita) is running for Senate District 28.
Incumbent Representative Renee Erickson (R-Wichita) is running for Senate District 30.
Incumbent Representative J.C. Moore (R-Haysville) lost in the primary.
District 99 also includes portions of Butler county.
District 101 also includes portions of Reno county.
The next election for State Board of Education District 7 – and all odd-numbered Board of Education seats – is in 2022.
These votes will appear on the ballot as "Shall (name of justice) (title of the court) be retained in office?"