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EQKS 2019 Municipal and School Board Endorsements

Tuesday, August 6, is primary election day for cities and local school boards; Tuesday, November 5, is the date for the general election.  Early and absentee voting begins this week.  Our endorsements for the election are below.

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

  • Voting record as a public official, and whether the candidate is a
    “friendly incumbent” running for reelection to their current office, who
    has voted for policies that are important to our mission. Issues
    evaluated are primarily non-discrimination based on sexual orientation
    and gender identity, school bullying prevention inclusive of sexual
    orientation and gender identity, and relationship recognition.
  • Membership in Equality Kansas, or whether a candidate is openly LGBT;
  • Incumbent or former office holders who are running for a new office are evaluated on their historic voting record.
  • Responses to policy questionnaires sent to all candidates immediately after the June filing deadline;
  • Public statements regarding LGBT equality issues.

Our endorsement process in local elections is different from that in
statewide and legislative elections. We depend on our members in our
local chapters to submit names to our PAC, which then evaluates the
candidates according to our regular PAC endorsement rules. Without a
local request, our PAC does not evaluate candidates for endorsement in
any given race.

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.

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.

Our endorsements are for the benefit of our membership, the Kansas
LGBT community, and our friends and families.  We do not consider
whether a candidate has sought our endorsement, nor do we withhold
endorsements at any candidate request.

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

Local School Board Races

USD 229 Blue Valley 2 Patrick Hurley
USD 233 Olathe 2 Brad Boyd
USD 253 Emporia Jeremy Dorsey
USD 253 Emporia Arthur Gutierrez
USD 253 Emporia Mallory Koci
USD 253 Emporia Jeff Lutes
USD 259 Wichita 4 Stan Reeser
USD 259 Wichita Joseph W. Shepard
USD 265 Goddard Gail A. Jamison
USD 266 Maize 1 Shannon Edwards
USD 266 Maize 2 Heather Killpatrick-O’Conner
USD 373 Newton Nathan Dominguez
USD 373 Newton Carmina Frances Suter
USD 373 Newton Allen Jantz
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Kristin Brighton
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Curt Herrman
USD 497 Lawrence Shannon Kimball
USD 497 Lawrence Thea Perry
USD 500 Kansas City Janey Humphries
USD 500 Kansas City Brenda Jones
USD 500 Kansas City Randy Lopez
USD 500 Kansas City Valdenia Winn
USD 501 Topeka 1 Lalo Munoz
USD 501 Topeka 2 Sue Bolley
USD 501 Topeka 2 Tracy Routsong
USD 501 Topeka At large Keith Tatum
USD 512 Shawnee Mission 1 Brian Koon
USD 512 Shawnee Mission 3 Jessica Hembree
USD 512 Shawnee Mission 5 Devin Wilson

City Council/Commission Races

Clearwater City
Council
Justin Shore
Fairway City Council 2 Tom Cotter
Fairway City Council 4 Jenna Brofsky
Gardner City Council At-Large Adrianna Meder
Hutchinson City Council At-Large Ceeley Williams
Lawrence City Commission Ken Easthouse
Lawrence City Commission Brad Finkeldei
Lawrence City Commission Joey Hentzler
Lenexa City Council 1 Courtney Eiterich
Lenexa City Council 4 Julie Sayers
Manhattan City Commission Aaron Estabrook
Manhattan City Commission Linda Morse
Manhattan City Commission Maureen Sheahan
Merriam City Council 1 Brian Shapley
Merriam City Council 2 Whitney  Yadrich
Merriam City Council 4 Bob Pape
Mission City Council 1 Trent Boultinghouse
Mission Hills City Council At-Large Beverly Brooks
Mission Hills City Council At-Large Braden Perry
Mission Hills City Council At-Large Andrew Weed
Mission Woods Mayor Robert Allen Tietze
Newton City Commission Antonio E. Sandate
Olathe City Council 1 Larry Campbell
Olathe City Council At-Large Alan Marston
Overland Park City Council 1 Taryn  Jones
Overland Park City Council 3 Stephan Glentzer
Overland Park City Council 4 Fred Spears
Overland Park City Council 5 Faris Farassati
Pittsburg City Commission Sarah Chenoweth
Prairie Village City Council 2 Serena Schermoly
Prairie Village City Council 3 Bonnie Limbird
Prairie Village City Council 3 Lauren Wolf
Prairie Village City Council 5 Courtney McFadden
Roeland Park City Council 2 Benjamin Dickens
Roeland Park City Council 4 Michael Rebne
Shawnee Mayor Stephanie Meyer
Shawnee City Council 2 Andy Rondon
Shawnee City Council 3 Lisa Larson-Bunnell
Topeka City Council 2 Christina Valdivia-Alcala
Topeka City Council 6 Lucas Ryan
Topeka City Council 6 Clark Trammell
Topeka City Council 8 Spencer Duncan
Kansas City/UG Comm. At-Large 1 Melissa Brune Bynum
Kansas City/UG Commissioner 3 Ann Murguia
Kansas City/UG Commissioner 4 Harold Johnson
Kansas City/UG Commissioner 6 Angela Markley
Valley Center Mayor Lou Cicirello
Westwood Hills City Council At-Large Rosemary Podrebarac
Westwood Hills City Council At-Large Karen Shelor Sexton
Westwood Hills City Council At-Large Ludwig Villasi
Wichita City Council 2 Rodney Wren
Wichita City Council 4 Beckie Jenek
Wichita Mayor Amy Lyon

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