One Kansas House of Representatives incumbent from Leavenworth County was unseated in Tuesday's election. But it appears the other Kansas House members from Leavenworth County will be returning to the Legislature.
Updated 8:42 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018, to correct Jeff Pittman's name.
One Kansas House of Representatives incumbent from Leavenworth County was unseated in Tuesday’s election. But it appears the other Kansas House members from Leavenworth County will be returning to the Legislature.
David French defeated incumbent state Rep. Debbie Deere in the race for the 40th District of the Kansas House of Representatives, according to the unofficial results.
French, a Republican from Lansing, received 3,596 votes. Deere, a Democrat from Lansing, received 3,489 votes.
The results from the County Clerk’s Office will remain unofficial until they are certified next week by the Board of County Canvassers.
The 40th District includes Lansing and a portion of the city of Leavenworth.
Deere was seeking her second term to the Kansas House of Representatives.
State Rep. Jeff Pittman was re-elected in the 41st District.
Pittman, a Democrat from Leavenworth, received 2,973 votes. Republican Tony Barton received, 2,214 votes.
“It was a difficult race in many different ways,” Pittman said.
Pittman said he tried stay positive during the campaign and talk about the accomplishments of his first term in office.
“I think that worked in our favor,” he said.
The 41st District includes much of the city of Leavenworth.
Tuesday’s race between Pittman and Barton was a rematch of one from 2016. But two years ago, Barton was the incumbent state representative who was being challenged by Pittman.
In the 42nd District, incumbent state Rep. Jim Karleskint defeated challenger Thea Perry.
The 42nd District covers western Leavenworth County and includes the cities of Easton and Tonganoxie. The district also extends into a portion of Douglas County.
Karleskint, a Republican from rural Tonganoxie, received 4,180 votes in Leavenworth County and 1,201 votes in Douglas County for a total vote count of 5,381. Perry, a Democrat from rural Reno Township, received 1,918 votes in Leavenworth County and 1,215 votes in Douglas County for a total vote count of 3,133.
Karleskint won in Leavenworth County but finished slightly behind his challenger in Douglas County. But his lead in Leavenworth County was more than enough to give him the victory Tuesday.
“I am very pleased with the folks in Leavenworth County,” he said. “We had a great group that helped me in the campaign and want me to go back to Topeka to work for them.”
In the 38th District, it appears incumbent state Rep. Willie Dove defeated challenger Stuart Sweeney.
The 38th District includes the cities of Basehor and Linwood in Leavenworth County as well as a portion of Johnson County.
Dove, a Republican from rural Bonner Springs, received 4,094 votes in Leavenworth County. Sweeney, a Democrat from rural Linwood, received 3,211 votes.
As of press time, votes were still being counted in Johnson County. But Dove was leading in the partial vote count there 2,084 to 1,277.