Tuesday’s primary election is no low-key prelude to the real thing in November. Republicans in particular have some heavy lifting to do, and for a rapt national audience.
Indeed, often-ignored Kansas claimed three spots in a top 10 preview of the week’s primaries by the Washington Post, which put the contest between Sen. Pat Roberts and tea partier/radiologist Milton Wolf at No. 3, the nasty face-off of current 4th District congressman Mike Pompeo and his predecessor Todd Tiahrt at No. 6, and the “Big First” challenge by educator Alan LaPolice of combative two-term congressman Tim Huelskamp at No. 9 (with the Post noting “there really isn’t any getting to Huelskamp’s right”).
This being Kansas, the winning Republican will take it all in some races on Tuesday’s ballots, whether or not there’s a Democrat running in the fall. But there isn’t in one Sedgwick County District Court race and in three area Kansas House districts, letting Republicans choose for everybody.
Two GOP contests for Sedgwick County Commission could be decisive not only for commission control but also the area’s economic development. Moderate Republicans will try to retake some legislative ground in several House primaries.
Goddard voters also will decide whether they want a 1-cent citywide sales tax for capital improvements and infrastructure and property-tax relief. Though it’s the latest area community to consider a higher sales tax to improve itself, Goddard may not be the last: Also on Tuesday, the Wichita City Council is expected to decide whether to put its own citywide sales tax on the November ballot.
Readers should take advantage of The Eagle’s 2014 Primary Voter Guide, which was distributed with the Sunday Eagle on July 20 but is always available at Kansas.com. The full endorsements of The Eagle editorial board are at Kansas.com/opinion.
As the editorial board again offers the names of the candidates it recommends, we encourage those who are among the state’s 1.73 million registered voters to try to filter out the infuriating noise of the campaign advertising, school themselves on the issues as necessary and exercise their precious right to vote. And don’t forget that photo ID.
Editorial board endorsements
GOP primary: Mike Pompeo
GOP primary: Clark Shultz
District 4, GOP primary:
District 5, GOP primary:
Division 5, GOP primary:
Division 19, GOP primary:
District 88, GOP primary:
District 91, GOP primary:
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District 98, Democratic primary:
District 99, GOP primary: