Candidates for state House and Senate races filed one last campaign report Sunday, the last look at their campaigns’ financial status leading into Tuesday’s election.
Candidates for state House and Senate races filed one last campaign report Sunday, the last look at their campaigns’ financial status leading into Tuesday’s election. The four candidates for the two State Senate seats in Leavenworth all filed last minute contribution reports. Sitting Democratic Sen. Kelly Kultala of Kansas City, who will face Republican Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth, reported a $1,000 contribution from the Kansas AFL-CIO. Fitzgerald also reported a last-minute contribution of $1,000 — his from an unnamed medical device executive based in Shawnee, Kan. As of the last filing deadline on Oct. 29, Kultala’s campaign held a fundraising advantage over her opponent, with $31,520 cash on hand compared to Fitzgerald’s $19,831. The 5th District includes the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing, as well as areas of Wyandotte County. In the 3rd District Kansas Senate race, Republican challenger Anthony Brown, a House representative from Eudora, reported a $500 last-minute contribution from Farmers Employees and Agents of Overland Park, Kan., and a $300 contribution from the political action committee of Walmart Stores, Inc. His opponent, current Democratic Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, Kan., reported three last-minute contributions — a $1,000 contribution from the Tri-County AFL-CIO Labor Council based in Kansas City, Kan., a $400 contribution from the HCA Kansas Good Governance Fund in Topeka, and $1,000 from the Washington, D.C.-based Trust Women political action commitee. As of the Oct. 29 filing, Holland held an overall fundraising advantage, with more than $32,000 cash on hand compared to Brown’s $12,923. The 3rd District includes the rural western portions of Leavenworth County. On the House side, incumbent Republican Connie O’Brien of Tonganoxie appeared to hold a significant funding advantage over her opponent, Democrat Harold Fevurly of Easton. Fevurly’s Oct. 29 report indicated he had taken in only $232.82 during the reporting preiod that began July 27. O’Brien, during the same period, reported $16,720 in available cash and ended with $4,665 cash on hand. In the 41st Distirct, incumbent Republican Jana Goodman is facing a challenge from former 40th District House rep Melanie Meier. Goodman reported $11,211 available cash during the reporting period. At the end of the period, she reported having $4,058 left. Meier reported having $29,500 available between July and October and ended the reporting period with $3,589 cash on hand. Available cash for the two candidates in the newly redrawn 40th District anchored by Lansing was roughly equal. Republican John Bradford’s campaign reported $12,575 in available cash during the period and ended with $8,694 cash on hand. Democrat Linda Johnson reportedly had $12,883 available during the reporting period and had $3,310 available cash on hand as of Oct. 29.