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Democrats name Stanley to run in 85th Kansas House District

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012, at 10:10 p.m.

A Democrat precinct committee on Wednesday picked Barry Stanley to replace Kansas House District 85 candidate Rebecca Armstrong on the November ballot.

Stanley, a retired school administrator and school psychologist, said by phone Wednesday he accepted the Democratic nomination and planned to revive his campaign at several upcoming speaking engagements and by canvassing neighborhoods.

“I’m very pleased that the precinct committee members chose me, and I think that Rebecca would have made a fine representative,” Stanley said of Armstrong, who won the primary 214 votes to his 189, even though she filed as a placeholder in the race and chose not to campaign or raise much money after learning Stanley had filed.

Armstrong — who the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office confirmed on Monday was removed from the ballot — has told The Eagle she likely beat Stanley with votes cast by women supporting female candidates.

“She has supported me from the moment that I was running,” Stanley said. “And in part that made me a little too casual about the primary election. But we have been working since then.”

Stanley will face incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Brunk on Nov. 6. The 85th House District represents Bel Aire and portions of northeast Wichita.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/amyreneeleiker.

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