Oletha Faust-Goudeau gets a consolation hug from supporter Mike Baggett. The party at an office near 13th and Hydraulic appeared to have been rocking earlier, but by the time I arrived, it had quieted down.
Just as I walked in, Oletha Faust-Goudeau learned that she’ d lost her bid for the District 4 County Commission seat. She was hugging supporters and vowing to continue working for jobs and other causes she believes in in the Kansas Senate.
Sharing her party, which featured lots of fried chicken, dips and sweets, was Rep. Gail Finney, who convincingly won re-election in District 84. She quietly sipped champagne but was muted in her celebration. That’s just who she is, she said.
“If Oletha hadn’t been having this party, I’d be home in my basement sipping champagne,” she said.