More than a third of the 125 Kansas House of Representative seats currently have a Republican running unchallenged by a Democratic candidate in the 2018 election. The goal of the Kansas House Challenger Project (KHCP) is to eliminate this “no challenge” election and have a Democrat on every district ballot in the state. In early February, 42 Kansas House districts had no Democratic challenger registered with the Secretary of State’s office.
Please consider putting your name on the ballot to represent your district in the Kansas House. The information below is intended to take some of the mystery out of running for office, and hopefully motivate you to run.
If you are unsure of which Kansas House district you are in, search for your voter information on the My Vote Info website. To find out if your district already has a Democratic challenger, check the Secretary’s public list of those currently on the ballot, including Kansas House candidates, gubernatorial candidates, judges, etc.
The fee for getting your name on the ballot as a Democrat for a Kansas House seat is $120. You can go to the Secretary of State’s office in Topeka, fill out a form, pay the fee, and be on the ballot. Or, you can go to your county election office, fill out a form, and mail it along with the fee to the Secretary of State’s office. The mailing information is:
Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
You can also file by petition. The fee for this method is $70 to go along with the petition and circulation affidavit. For more information on filing by petition, call the Secretary’s office at 785-296-4564.
Government in Kansas will never become what we want it to be unless Democrats challenge and win some of the state house seats held by Republicans. We can’t win if we don’t run. Here’s an overview of what you need to do:
- Go to the My Vote Info website to check your Kansas House district number.
- Go to the Secretary of State’s office in Topeka, fill out the form and pay the fee. Or, go to your county election office, fill out the form, and mail it along with the fee to the Secretary of State’s office. The deadline to file as a Democrat is June 1.
- Obtain a list of registered voters in your district from your county election office, or the Secretary of State’s office.
- Start campaigning! And don’t forget about the voters who are registered as Independent. They may be the key to your victory.
- Get in touch with your local Democratic party. They can steer you in the right direction to learn about campaigning and fundraising.
In the November 2016 elections, Republicans lost 12 seats but maintained control of the lower chamber of the statehouse. House Republicans went from a 97-28 majority to an 85-40 majority. It’s time to regain control of the lower chamber … and elect a Democratic governor. It’s time to end the Republican trifecta in our state’s Capitol Building. Get on the ballot. Help us make our state #bluekansas!
by Brenda Green
Co-chair Shawnee County Democrats’ Social Action Committee
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