The dust has begun to settle on last week’s primary election since Governor Jeff Colyer has finally conceded the race to Kris Kobach. It only took a week to get the results figured out and, in the end, the man who gave us one big cluster of an election process and disenfranchised as many people as possible (Mr. Kobach) is now the GOP nominee for Governor. As the Kansas City Star Editorial Board pointed out, “for all Kansans who value their vote, the week-long process has been helpful. It exposed the confusing, conflicting, contradictory standards officials use to tally their choices.” This mess is Mr. Kobach’s mess. Despite this and other differences in their campaign platforms, Governor Colyer says he will “support the Republican nominee.” This is truly “what’s the matter with Kansas,” folks! This is our future – that is, unless WE get vocal and get busy.
So many of you joined me at the watch party on Tuesday night and know the outcome of my race. Many of you have probably heard on the news. It was not a pretty night for moderates across the state of Kansas.
After all the canvasing (over 8,000 doors), Facebook ads, videos, and memes, dozens and dozens of volunteers, and over 200 LOCAL donors, we were not successful in our efforts to keep Kansas on the right path going forward. The barrage of deceitful mailers and outside money proved too strong for a primary where only 30% of registered voters showed up to vote.
Despite my loss on Tuesday night, my life has been enriched tremendously by serving all of YOU and we could not have fought any harder.
I want to thank so many people.
First, thank you to my husband who has supported my efforts all along the way. From the moment I decided to run in 2015, he has been my biggest champion. I’m incredibly lucky to have him as my partner all these many years. We will spend more time together now, doing what we love to do.
I’d also like to thank my parents, sisters, our daughters and son-in-law for understanding the limitations on my time and attention these past two years. My grandkids saw less of me over the past two years and while it was a price I was willing to pay; my loss last night is their gain. I will be with all of them much more often now and happier for it.
Twenty-two moderate Republicans from District 28 stepped up and put their names on the ballot as Precinct Committee Candidates and I cannot thank them enough for putting themselves out there. Precinct committee people are the only party officials elected directly by the voters. All other party officials are elected by the precinct people. Consequently, the precinct people are critical to the overall health of the party. By Kansas statute, precinct people have only one responsibility. That is, should a state representative or senator leave office prior to the end of his or her term, the precinct people with that house or senate district will elect a replacement to complete the unexpired term of the person who left office. That’s a big deal.
These last few days of the campaign have been brutal, especially with all the misleading postcards put out by the big money special interest groups supporting my opponent, making a last-ditch effort to win my seat!!
These outside interest groups don’t live here, work here or raise their families here. They don’t care about our community, they care about padding their pockets and gaining political power.
Don’t be fooled! They will do everything they can to mislead you and trick you into voting for a candidate who will take us right back to the Brownback days.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.