3 running unopposed as deadline passes

By Bryan Richardson

The filing deadline for party-affiliated candidates passed Monday without any opponents for the area incumbents in the Kansas House who chose to run.

Ron Highland, R-Wamego, Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, and Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan, are running unopposed in the 51st, 66th and 67th District races, respectively.

Carlin, first elected in 2002, had opponents in her previous six elections.

The senior member among the incumbents said she couldn’t recall a time when both local House members have been unopposed.

“Opposition is good for democracy,” Carlin said. “It makes everybody work harder to achieve balance and democratic principles.”

Carlin said she still plans to meet with residents about her message in an effort to get voters out on Election Day.

“If I don’t do that, I could lose touch with the community,” she said.

Vern Swanson, R-Clay Center, chose not to run for reelection in the 64th District.

The race to replace Swanson is strictly a Republican affair, which will play out during the Aug. 5 primary election.

The candidates are Glen R. Hawkins, retired U.S. Army armor officer, Kathy Martin, former Kansas State Board of Education member, and Susie Swanson, retired social worker and Vern’s wife.

Another Republican primary race involves the Riley County Commission District 1.

Incumbent Dave Lewis will be challenged by Ben Wilson, a music major at Kansas State.

There is still the possibility of others entering any of the races. Independent candidates must file nomination petitions by noon Aug. 4.

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