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2016 Primary Endorsements (updated)

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UPDATE: By request, we’ve added contested primaries where we’re not endorsing any candidate.  Be sure to vote tomorrow, August 2nd!

Dear Equality Kansas members, allies and supporters –

Equality Kansas, when making endorsements, considers a number of factors in weighing our decisions. In order of importance, we consider:

  1. Voting record as a public official;
    2. Membership in Equality Kansas, or whether a candidate is a member of the LGBT population;
    3. Responses to policy questionnaires sent to all candidates immediately after the June filing deadline;
    4. Public statements regarding LGBT equality issues.

Most endorsements decisions are relatively simple, especially for incumbents: They either vote with us or against us.

For newcomers, their questionnaire responses are key to our decision making process. We also consider voting records in prior offices held when a candidate is running for a different or higher office.

While we will consider public statements made by candidates, we never base our endorsements on private assurances of support.

The following list includes all contested Legislative primaries in Kansas.  Please note that we do not endorse in uncontested races, nor do we endorse in races where we either lack information on candidates or where we believe no candidate will represent the interests of the Kansas LGBT population. Candidates are not advised in advance of our endorsement decisions.

No matter who you vote for, get out and vote! Nothing changes in Kansas without your active participation.

House District 4, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 7, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 8, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 12, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 13, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 14, RepublicanPrimary: Lisa Gabel (R-Olathe)
House District 15, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 17, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 17, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 21, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 27, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 28, RepublicanPrimary: Joy Koesten (R-Leawood)
House District 30, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 36, DemocraticPrimary: Kathy Wolf-Moore (D-Kansas City)
House District 38, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 39, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 42, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 44, DemocraticPrimary: Barbara Ballard (D-Lawrence)
House District 45, RepublicanPrimary: Tom Sloan (R-Lawrence)
House District 50, DemocraticPrimary: Russ Hutchison (D-Topeka)
House District 52, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 56, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 58, DemocraticPrimary: Ben Scott (D-Topeka)
House District 60, RepublicanPrimary: Matthew Shepherd (R-Emporia)
House District 61, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 61, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 68, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 75, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 76, DemocraticPrimary: Kelly Atherton (D-Olpe)
House District 78, DemocraticPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 80, RepublicanPrimary: Anita Judd-Jenkins (R-Arkansas City)
House District 87, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 91, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 94, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 97, RepublicanPrimary: Nick Hoheisel (R-Wichita)
House District 98, DemocraticPrimary: Justin Kraemer (D-Wichita)
House District 99, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 100, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 104, RepublicanPrimary: Steven Becker (R- Buhler)
House District 106, DemocraticPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 113, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 114, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 115, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 120, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
House District 123, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 5, DemocraticPrimary: Bill Hutton (D-Basehor)
Senate District 11, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 14, DemocraticPrimary: Mark Pringle (D-Yates Center)
Senate District 15, RepublicanPrimary: Dan Goddard (R-Parsons)
Senate District 16, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 20, DemocraticPrimary: Candace Ayars (D-Topeka)
Senate District 20, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 21, DemocraticPrimary: Logan Heley (D-Overland Park) and Michael Czerniewski (D-Overland Park)
Senate District 21, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 24, RepublicanPrimary: Randall Hardy (R-Salina)
Senate District 25, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 26, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 27, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 28, RepublicanPrimary: Jo Hillman (R-Wichita)
Senate District 30, DemocraticPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 31, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 33, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 34, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 38, RepublicanPrimary: No Endorsement
Senate District 39, RepublicanPrimary: John Doll (R-Garden City)

 

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