The Green Papers: Kansas 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 7 August 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 1 June 2018 - Filling Deadline - Primary.
Monday 6 August 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 7 August 2018 - Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC). For practical purposes, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM local time on Election Day. Technically, in the Central time zone, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 6 AM local time and close them no later than 8 PM. In the Mountain time zone, polling places open at 6 AM and close at 6 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 5 AM local time and close them no later than 7 PM.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC). For practical purposes, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM local time on Election Day. Technically, in the Central time zone, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 6 AM local time and close them no later than 8 PM. In the Mountain time zone, polling places open at 6 AM and close at 6 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 5 AM local time and close them no later than 7 PM.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:2,863,813 (0.92% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Topeka
 

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Kansas State and Local Government


The Libertarian Party nominates by convention rather than by primary.


Tuesday 11 April 2017 Special Election for U.S. House seat CD 4 information from the Secretary of State.


Candidates for the 2018 Primary from the Kansas Secretary of State.

2018 Election Information from the Kansas Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Pat Roberts
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008, 2014
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Elliott Adams
FEC S0KS00190
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Pat Roberts
FEC S6KS00080

Class 3 Republican Senator  Jerry Moran
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Jeff Colyer
Ascended to the Governor's Chair 31 January 2018 [re: Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback's (Republican) confirmation on 24 January 2018 as Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration].
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (21)
  Candidate Democratic     Arden Andersen
  Candidate Democratic     Jack Bergerson
for Lieutenant Governor: Alexander Cline

31 August 2017: This candidate is 16 years old.
  Candidate Democratic     former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Laura Kelly
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Klingenberg
for Lieutenant Governor: Kalib Martin
  Candidate Democratic     former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua "Josh" Svaty
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Jim Ward
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Jim Barnett
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Jeff Colyer
8 August 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
    Republican     Wink Hartman - apparently not a candidate
21 February 2018: Dropped out endorsing Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Mark Hutton
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Kris W. Kobach
  Candidate Republican     Patrick "PK" Kucera
    Republican     former state Representative Ed O'Malley - apparently not a candidate
1 February 2018: "... I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that now is not the time for this candidacy."
  Candidate Republican     Ethan Randleas
for Lieutenant Governor: Cameron Tims

28 September 2017: This candidate is 17 years old.
  Candidate Republican     Tyler Ruzich
for Lieutenant Governor: Calvin Tran

28 September 2017: This candidate is 17 years old.
  Candidate Republican     Dominic Scavuzzo
November 2017: High School Student
  Candidate Republican     Insurance Commissioner  Ken Selzer
  Candidate Republican     Joseph Tutera, Jr.
November 2017: High School Student
  Candidate Libertarian     Thomas Padgett
  Candidate Independent     JoeLarry Hunter
  Candidate Independent     Richard "Rick" Kloos
for Lieutenant Governor: Nathaniel Kloos
  Candidate Independent     Greg Orman
  
Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, resigned on 31 January 2018 to become Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration.
27 July 2017: Nominated for Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration.
24 January 2018: Confirmed as Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration by the U.S. Senate 50-49.
31 January 2018: Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Republican) resigns and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer (Republican) ascends to the Governor's Chair.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with Governor

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor Tracey Mann
Sworn: 14 February 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, resigned on 31 January 2018, to ascend to the Governor's Chair [re: Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback's (Republican) confirmation on 24 January 2018 as Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration by the U.S. Senate 50-49].
13 February 2018: Tracey Mann named by Governor Jeff Colyer (Republican). 14 February 2018: Tracey Mann (Republican) is sworn.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
4 Republican (3 Undetermined, 1 Open)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Roger W. Marshall
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman Timothy A. "Tim" Huelskamp
First elected to the U.S. House: 2010; re-elected through: 2014; unsuccessful candidate for renomination: 2016.

FEC H6KS01146; 31 Dec 17; Tot $3,761; Dsb $19,871
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Roger W. Marshall
FEC H6KS01179; 31 Dec 17; Tot $805,288; Dsb $276,689

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman Lynn Jenkins
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 25 January 2017: "I will not be running for any office in 2018."
 Candidate list (9) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Paul T. Davis
FEC H8KS02173; 31 Dec 17; Tot $740,457; Dsb $233,987
  Candidate Democratic     Kelly Don Standley
FEC H8KS02124
  Candidate Republican     Matthew Ryan "Matt" Bevens
FEC H8KS02207; 31 Dec 17; Tot $15,790; Dsb $8,259
  Candidate Republican     Basehor City Councilor Vernon James Fields
FEC H8KS02132; 31 Dec 17; Tot $10,116; Dsb $13,685
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Stephen Edward "Steve" Fitzgerald
FEC H8KS02140; 31 Dec 17; Tot $238,486; Dsb $46,074
    Republican     Congressman Lynn Jenkins - apparently not a candidate
25 January 2017: "I will not be running for any office in 2018."

FEC H8KS02090; 31 Dec 17; Tot $4,801; Dsb $68,347
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Kevin Jones
FEC H8KS02181; 31 Dec 17; Tot $51,058; Dsb $31,299
    Republican     former state Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave - apparently not a candidate
7 November 2017: "I have decided that it is best to withdraw...."

FEC H8KS02165; 31 Dec 17; Tot $41,050; Dsb $15,998
  Candidate Republican     Tyler Nathan Tannahill
FEC H8KS02215
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Caryn Tyson
FEC H8KS02157; 31 Dec 17; Tot $218,735; Dsb $9,942
  Candidate Republican     Steve Watkins
FEC H8KS02199; 31 Dec 17; Tot $219,598; Dsb $9,270

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Kevin W. Yoder
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (9) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Sharice Davids
FEC H8KS03155
  Candidate Democratic     Chris Haulmark
FEC H8KS03098; 31 Dec 17; Tot $9,390; Dsb $2,756
    Democratic     Reggie Marselus - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Democratic     Mike McCamon
FEC H8KS03148
    Democratic     Joseph "Joe" McConnell - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS03080; 12 Jul 17; Tot $36,183; Dsb $36,183
  Candidate Democratic     Tom Niermann
FEC H8KS03114; 31 Dec 17; Tot $321,958; Dsb $137,126
    Democratic     Andrea Ramsey - apparently not a candidate
14 December 2017:Dropped out.

FEC H8KS03106; 31 Dec 17; Tot $572,564; Dsb $257,334
  Candidate Democratic     Jay Sidie
FEC H6KS03241; 31 Dec 17; Tot $92,579; Dsb $55,057
  Candidate Democratic     Brent Welder
FEC H8KS03122; 31 Dec 17; Tot $255,749; Dsb $76,876
  Candidate Democratic     Sylvia Williams
FEC H8KS03163
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Kevin W. Yoder
FEC H0KS03137; 31 Dec 17; Tot $1,839,268; Dsb $520,849
  Candidate Libertarian     Christopher Kelly "Chris" Clemmons
FEC H8KS03130

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Ron Estes
First elected: 11 April 2017 in a Special Election [re: resignation of Congressman Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (Republican)].
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Laura Lombard
FEC H8KS04088; 31 Dec 17; Tot $70,604; Dsb $67,042
    Democratic     former state Treasurer Dennis McKinney - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04146
  Candidate Democratic     James A. Thompson
FEC H8KS04120; 31 Dec 17; Tot $966,173; Dsb $947,751
    Democratic     Vernon Charles S. "Charlie" Walker - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04104; 15 Apr 17; Tot $4,285; Dsb $4,006
    Republican     Joseph Ashby - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04153; 11 Jul 17; Tot $5,330; Dsb $5,430
    Republican     George C. Bruce - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04096; 14 Apr 17; Tot $56,300; Dsb $56,300
    Republican     Alan Earl Cobb - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04161; 30 Sep 17; Tot $150,370; Dsb $150,370
    Republican     Eric Jeffrey Kidwell - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8KS04138
    Republican     former Congressman  Todd Tiahrt - apparently not a candidate
First elected as a Republican Congressman 1994, re-elected through 2008; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate 2010, unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the U.S. House 2014.
  

23 January 2017: Congressman Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, 2014, and 2016, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 66-32, as CIA Director. Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Republican) has 5 days to call for a special election which will then take place in 75 to 90 days.
24 January 2017: The Special Election date is Tuesday 11 April 2017. There is no primary, instead the Democratic (on Saturday 11 February), Libertarian (on Saturday 11 February), and Republican (Thursday 9 February) parties will hold nominating conventions from 8 to 18 February 2017. Independent candidates must collect 3,000 petition signatures by 18 February 2017.
11 April 2017: Ron Estes (Republican) is elected in a Special Election.


Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Secretary of State  Kris W. Kobach
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 8 June 2017: Candidate for Governor.
 Candidate list (7)
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Marci Francisco
  Candidate Democratic     Brian McClendon
  Candidate Democratic     Lucy Steyer
November 2017: High School Student
  Candidate Republican     Sedgwick County Clerk  Kelly Arnold
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Keith Esau
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Scott Schwab
  Candidate Libertarian     Rob Hodgkinson

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General  Derek Schmidt
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Article 1, Section 11 of the Kansas Constitution provides that where there is a vacancy in the office of the Attorney General, the Governor fills the vacancy by appointment for the duration of the term.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer Jacob "Jake" LaTurner
Appointed 18 April 2017 re: Treasurer Ron Este's Special Election to the U.S. House of Representatives CD 4.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer Jacob "Jake" LaTurner
 Treasurer Ron Estes, who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives CD 4 in an 11 April 2017 Special Election.
18 April 2017: Governor Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Republican) appoints state Senator Jacob LaTurner as the new Treasurer.

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Insurance Commissioner  Ken Selzer
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 7 August 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Vicki Schmidt
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Clark Shultz
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 22 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 27 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
  Reform (affiliates)
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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