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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Meier defeats Goodman

  • Melanie Meier will serve another term in the Kansas House of Representatives. And this time she will be representing the 41st District.
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  • Melanie Meier will serve another term in the Kansas House of Representatives. And this time she will be representing the 41st District.
    Meier, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jana Goodman Tuesday in the 41st District, which includes much of the city of Leavenworth.
    Goodman was the incumbent in the 41st District. But Meier also was an incumbent, having previously represented the House’s 40th District.
    Meier received 3,332 votes, or about 55 percent. Goodman received 2,735 votes, or 45 percent, according to unofficial results from the Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office.
    “I’m very thankful,” Meier said Tuesday. “I had tons of volunteers this year.”
    She said she’s ready to finish the work she’s started for veterans and school children.
    This will be Meier’s third two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives.
    Meier previously served in the 40th District, and she initially had filed for a third term in that district. But when federal judges released redistricting maps earlier this year, Meier learned she was in the newly redrawn 42nd District.
    Meier decided to move to the 41st District and make a run for that seat. At the time, Meier said that much of her old district had been moved into the 41st District.
    Meier said the move has jump-started work on a home she and her husband own in the 41st District.
    Meier said this campaign marked the first time she’s had to deal with what she characterized as personal attacks. She blamed the attacks on parties from outside the district.
    Goodman, who has served one term in the Kansas House of Representatives, didn’t return phone messages for this story.

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