Dupree wins unofficial election night totals

Incumbent District Attorney Mark Dupree won the unofficial election night totals over challenger Kristiane Bryant with 55 percent of the vote on Tuesday night in Wyandotte County.

Dupree had 8,790 votes to Bryant’s 7,334, according to the unofficial totals on Tuesday night.

Only one vote separated Rep. Stan Frownfelter from challenger Aaron Coleman in the 37th District. Coleman led 768 to Frownfelter’s 767.

There are more votes expected to come into the election office by Friday night. Mail ballots that were postmarked on Tuesday have until Friday to arrive at the election office.

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Kris Kobach surpassed Bob Hamilton by three votes in Wyandotte County, while Roger Marshall won the statewide vote with 39 percent. Dr. Marshall, an obstetrician who is a native of El Dorado, Kansas, is currently the U.S. representative from the 1st District of Kansas.

Dr. Barbara Bollier won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate with 86 percent of the vote tonight. She has represented the Mission Hills area in the state Senate.

For U.S. representative, 3rd District, Amanda Adkins won both Wyandotte County and district-wide election night totals in the Republican primary.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., the incumbent, did not have opposition in the primary.

Two incumbents with primary opposition won their party’s nomination tonight, Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., and Rep. Broderick Henderson, D-35th Dist.

All of advance and all polling places votes – 22,539 ballots cast.

(Only candidates with opposition listed here)

Democratic candidates

Wyandotte County District Attorney

Mark Dupree Sr. (incumbent) 8,790
Kristiane Bryant 7,334

State representative, 32nd District
Pam Curtis (incumbent) 706
Oscar Irenia 234

State representative, 35th District
Broderick Henderson (incumbent) 1,588
Nelson R. Gabriel 841

State representative, 37th District
Stan S. Frownfelter (incumbent) 767
Aaron Coleman 768

U.S. Senate (Wyandotte County only)
Barbara Bollier 11,396
Robert Leon Tillman 3,799

U.S. Senate (Statewide)
Barbara Bollier 141,276
Robert Leon Tillman 22,542

Republican candidates

U.S. Senate (Wyandotte County votes)
Lance Berland 41
John L. Berman 14
Derek C. Ellis 37
Bob Hamilton 2,031
Kris Kobach 2,034
David Alan Lindstrom 250
Roger Marshall 1,204

Brian Matlock 282
John Miller 66
Steve Roberts 105
Gabriel Mark Robles 57

U.S. Senate
Lance Berland 4,712
John L. Berman 687
Derek C. Ellis 3,314
Bob Hamilton 61,744
Kris Kobach 85,312
David Alan Lindstrom 22,122
Roger Marshall 126,300
Brian Matlock 5,682
John Miller 3,627
Steve Roberts 6,544
Gabriel Mark Robles 3,082

U.S. representative, 3rd District (Wyandotte County only)
Amanda L. Adkins 1,572
Mike Beehler 998
Adrienne Vallejo Foster 1,379
Tom Love 386
Sara Hart Weir 1,562

U.S. representative, 3rd District (District-wide)
Amanda L. Adkins 26,481
Mike Beehler 16,831
Adrienne Vallejo Foster 17,326
Tom Love 5,879
Sara Hart Weir 19,842

These unofficial results do not include provisional ballots and advance ballots that were cast by mail and received after Election Day. Results will not be official until the canvass.

School to start Sept. 8 in KCK, revised calendar adopted

The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education adopted a revised school calendar on Tuesday night, with the start of school on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Earlier, the school board decided to hold the first nine weeks of school as remote learning only, starting after Labor Day. The late start followed the suggestion by the governor to delay the start of school because of the risk of COVID-19.

School will end on May 27 for students, and on May 28 for teachers, under the revised calendar, according to Matthew Andersen, interim assistant superintendent. The calendar was adopted during a Zoom meeting on Tuesday night.

The calendar committee shortened Thanksgiving break, originally a full week, to get two more days for student instruction, he said. Also, winter break, originally two full weeks off, was shortened by two days, he said.

Students will come back from winter break on Jan. 4 instead of Jan. 5.

Early release days on Wednesdays, where teachers may do planning, have been postponed for this academic year, according to Andersen.

Andersen said while there are some inclement weather days in the calendar, if in-person school is canceled that day, the district can have remote learning as an option, so as not to have to make up snow days later.

Family advocacy week was left in the revised calendar.

According to Dom DeRosa, president of the KCK-National Education Association, the calendar committee membership was half from the NEA. A survey was sent to members, and members responded they wanted to have time at the beginning of the school year for planning and learning how to teach remotely, he said.

The school calendar is generally in line with other area school districts, except for spring break, according to Andersen. Spring break is in line with Kansas City Kansas Community College’s spring break, in order that students who attend dual classes there may have the same time off, according to Andersen.

The school board also approved a measure that would allow food service and transportation workers to continue to get a normal paycheck for the first nine weeks of the school year. Their pay would come from CARES Act funding, according to administrators. It would cost an estimated $361,000.

Dennis Covington, the district’s chief financial officer, told the board members that the district’s CARES Act funding was $8.5 million, and there was still some funding left that could be spent on the transportation and service workers.

If the school district stays with remote learning longer than nine weeks, the board could reconsider whether to extend the payments for service and transportation workers, according to district officials.

Board members including Dr. Valdenia Winn and Wanda Brownlee Paige asked about other employees. Some other district positions are not being filled right now, according to district officials. Those whose positions were funded by grants are likely to be continued. If requested by the principal, some positions may be considered by the district’s hiring manager, according to officials.

Randy Lopez, board president, said the district is working on an analysis of each department and hopes to have a report on Friday of the open positions, what is needed, the number of positions and options.

Doctors say violence has increased, along with COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases increased by 108 on Tuesday in Wyandotte County, according to the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage. There was one additional death. (From UG COVID-19 webpage)

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Kansas, there has also been an increase in violence, according to a trauma injury prevention education specialist at the University of Kansas Health System.

Olivia Desmarais, RN, former trauma nurse and now a trauma prevention education specialist, at a Tuesday news conference discussed violence against those who are 12 to 24 years old. Violence has increased in that group, and some believe it is tied to COVID-19 and increased stresses in society.

Desmarais discussed the Reducing Effects of Violence through Intervention and Victim Empowerment (REVIVE) program, which helps connect victims of violence with community programs.

Damon Daniel, president of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, said that violence is the leading cause of death among 10 to 14 year olds. The Ad Hoc group is one of several programs working with the REVIVE program to help change violence.

Daniel said violence is a learned behavior and people should strive for change while practicing forgiveness.

Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson said lack of employment and economic insecurity is one reason behind the increase in violence during the pandemic. She said it is a community-wide problem, and she was grateful that this program can help bring resources together. She discussed ways the community can help.

Also speaking at the news conference was Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman. Dr. Norman said the KDHE has a new video feature, “Faces of COVID,” which includes first-hand accounts from Kansas residents who have dealt with the virus.

One video featured a 42-year-old mother of four, Amy Carrillo, from Lawrence, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. While she didn’t think much about it at first, later her symptoms worsened. She experienced severe chest pain, and was in bed for a month. The symptoms lasted four months, and only in the past few weeks, her lungs stopped hurting.

Dr. Norman said the state is seeing 360 new cases a day, and he hoped that by sharing their own personal stories, the COVID-19 patients will reach people and help lower the number of new cases with Labor Day and school reopening approaching.

Dr. Norman said he anticipated an increase in cases around Labor Day, when people traditionally get together, and some could let their guards down.

He also expected to see higher numbers when schools are in session and the weather gets colder. Currently the state is seeing higher numbers of positive cases, and at the same time, the overall 14-day trend line is better, the hospitalization rate is better and the death rate is better. He said on balance, people are taking the masks more seriously. Overall, it’s improving with some problem areas, he added.

Since governments are not giving mandatory orders at the federal and state levels on COVID-19, Dr. Norman said people need to take the responsibility individually, and all need to “own our own preparedness.”

COVID-19 cases increased by 108 on Tuesday in Wyandotte County, according to the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage. There was one more death from Monday.

KU Health System reported 27 patients in the hospital for COVID-19, down from 30 on Monday, according to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection control and prevention at KU Health System. Six of the patients were in the intensive care unit, with five on ventilators, the same as Monday. After peaking at 36 patients last week, doctors hope the trend continues to decline as Labor Day approaches, with reopening of schools.

Free testing offered

Free COVID-19 testing is planned from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Zotung Christian Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.
The pop-up test is offered through Vibrant Health and the Health Equity Task Force.

Free testing also is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Unified Government Health Department parking lot at 6th and Ann, Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information on who may be tested and what to bring, visit https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.

The KU doctors’ news conference is online at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/1005880593185089

The Wyandotte County school start order is online at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.

Wyandotte County is under a mandatory mask order and is in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. For more information, residents may visit the UG COVID-19 website at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information or call 311 for more information.

The CDC’s COVID-19 web page is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.