TOPEKA — It’s official. Rebecca Armstrong, a Democratic candidate for Bel Aire’s 85th House District, has been removed from the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed Monday.
That paves the way for retired school administrator and psychologist Barry Stanley, who lost to Armstrong 189 votes to 214 in the August primary, to take her place and run against incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Brunk. But it will be up to precinct committee leaders to decide whether to officially install Stanley in the race.
Stanley couldn’t be immediately reached, but Armstrong said she expects him to be the Democrats’ new candidate.
Armstrong said she filed as a “placeholder” and didn’t campaign or attempt to raise significant money during the primary. She said she learned shortly after filing that Stanley, who she supports, had also filed. Armstrong said she likely won the primary with votes from women who tend to support other women on the ballot.
“When I won in the primary, it just made it more complicated,” she said.
Armstrong said she hopes that Stanley can become well-known by voters before the election in November. Stanley had raised $1,605 in the lead up to the primary. Brunk, meanwhile, had $36,462 left to spend in his latest campaign finance filing.