Election filings: Abrams withdraw; Alley emerges as State Senate candidate; contested elections in 80th, 116th, and 79th house districts…

By Tracy McCue and Shane Farley, Sumner Newscow — All but one of the Sumner County State Races appear to be contested in what looks like an interesting election in 2016. The election filing deadline for state races was at noon today. 

The biggest election news in Sumner County is State Senator Steve Abrams, a Republican from Ark City, withdrew his name from consideration for the 32nd District at the last moment. Larry Alley, a Winfield Republican, will instead be running in his place. His name had appeared on the list, but it had been removed at the last moment. Abrams has been a state senator since 2008. 

Alley,who filed today after Abram’s withdrawal, was a candidate in 2012 and 2014 against Representative Ed Trimmer of Winfield in the 79th District. He lost by a narrow margin of fewer than 50 votes each time.

Don Shimkus, an Oxford Democrat, has also filed for the 32nd District seat.

In a press release sent out today, Shimkus stated:

Today my opponent withdrew from the Senate race, but recruited a stand-in to continue the devastating Brownback experiment. I am running to change an unfair tax policy, enact policies that promote job growth and economic development, and ensure Kansas children have access to a quality education. We cannot continue to elect politicians who support the failed Brownback policies.

Kasha Kelley, an Ark City Republican, has filed for reelection in the 80th Dist. Kansas House of Representatives.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office shows that Kelley filed this morning just ahead of today’s noon filing deadline. Republican Anita Judd-Jenkins, Ark City and Democrat Michelle Schiltz, Caldwell have filed to challenge Kelley. Kelley, who has represented the southeastern part of Sumner County, is a businesswoman, who has held the seat since 2005.

Kyle Hoffman, 116th state representative representing the western half of Sumner County, has filed for reelection. He will be challenged by Democrat Jolene Roitman of Wellington. Hoffman was unopposed in 2014.

Pete DeGraaf, a Republican of the 82nd District that represents a small section in the north part of Sumner County, has filed for reelection and has an opponent. Danette Harris of Mulvane will be running as an 82nd District candidate.

The only uncontested race is the 79th District where incumbent Ed Trimmer is running unopposed.

The Kansas State Primary election is set for Tuesday, August 2. The general election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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