The former chairman of the county’s GOP won in his first political campaign Tuesday — but even he admitted it was closer than he hoped.
The former chairman of the county’s GOP won in his first political campaign Tuesday — but even he admitted it was closer than he hoped. Republican John Bradford took 4,073 of the votes cast in the contest for the 40th Kansas House District, which as a result of the recent redistricting process was left without an incumbent. The district is anchored by the city of Lansing but includes a portion of the city of Leavenworth. Bradford’s opponent was Democrat Linda Johnson, one of the founders of the League of Women Voters of Leavenworth County. Johnson took 3,862 votes in the final tally. “It came down closer than I expected,” Bradford said. “I congratulate her on her race.” Bradford said he was happy the two ran a “clean race” that focused on issues. He also said he felt his victory as a result of that race pointed to the fact that his message resonated with voters. “We had clear differences,” Bradford said. “I think the outcome reflected the support of the conservative viewpoint.” Bradford said he looked forward to getting to work in Topeka. Johnson could not be reached for comment.