In a battle of two long-time Democratic legislative incumbents, Jim Ward defeated Judith Loganbill for the newly-redrawn 86th House District in Tuesday’s primary election.
Unofficial results late Tuesday showed Ward defeating Loganbill 56 percent to 44 percent.
Ward said he was proud of his campaign team.
“We had a great group of people that worked hard for 60 days,” he said. “They all got to the new areas and really delivered a positive message about jobs and job creation.”
Most of the newly redrawn 86th was Loganbill’s old 86th District. The Kansas Supreme Court’s redistricting forced a race between them that was unfortunate, Ward said.
“Judy has served the state well, and I’m sorry. I wish we didn’t have to run against each other,” he said.
Ward will face Republican John Stevens and Libertarian James Pruden in the November general election.
Ward, a former assistant district attorney and former member of the Wichita City Council and Wichita school board, has served in the House since 2003. He was in the state Senate in the early 1990s.
Loganbill, a teacher, had served in the 86th District since 2001.
“It was a tough race. I think that pretty well sums it up,” Loganbill said. “Every time I have run, I have always run to represent, and be a voice for the people of the 86th House District. It’s been a weird night all over the state.”
Loganbill said she had no idea what swung the race for Ward. But, she said, she will support him in the general election.
In other Wichita-area Kansas House races, Pamela Frieden, who wasn’t campaigning, led Sammy K. Flaharty, a former salon owner and substitute teacher, 61 percent to 39 percent in the Democratic primary for District 93. Frieden couldn’t withdraw her name from the ballot after redistricting set new deadlines to bow out, and she had supported Flaharty.
The winner of the primary is scheduled to meet Republican George Edwards, who is trying to succeed incumbent Dan Kerschen, in the November general election, and former legislator Dan Thimesch of Cheney, who is running as an independent.
In the Democratic primary in District 89 in northeast Wichita, Roderick Houston, pastor of Mt. Olive Tabernacle of Praise Church, led with 47 percent of the vote. Peggy Elliott, a minister and business consultant on diversity issues, had 31 percent and David Hansen, a retired pastor, had 21 percent.
The winner will face Republican Emanuel Banks in the general election.
Two House races were separated by a single percentage point late Tuesday.
In the District 97 Republican primary, incumbent Leslie Osterman led Jeff Blubaugh, a real estate broker and investor, 51 percent to 49 percent. The winner will face former Rep. Dale Swenson, a Democrat who lost his seat to Osterman two years ago, in November.
And in District 96, Republican Rick Lindsey, who has worked in security and retail management, led Wichita businessman Craig Gabel, 51 percent to 49 percent. The winner will face Democrat Brandon Whipple in November.
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