Archive for August 2014

Judge contest, Senate seat among interesting races in Tuesday’s election

A new judge will be chosen at the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Wyandotte County.

Three candidates, Timothy Dupree, Courtney Mikesic and James Yoakum, are running in the Democratic primary for a vacant Wyandotte County District Court judge position in Division 11. No Republicans filed for this position.

Voters will vote in their party’s primary in the election Tuesday.

In Edwardsville, a sales tax increase is on the ballot. It is for a one-half of one percent sales tax. Sales taxes from this would be spent on roads, sidewalks, storm water facilities, parks and recreation facilities and acquiring fire and safety equipment.

There also is a contest in the Democratic primary for U.S. representative, 3rd District, where Kelly Kultala and Reggie Marselus are running for the opportunity to oppose incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican.

Two candidates, Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner, are running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

On the Republican ballot, three candidates are challenging incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. They include Milton Wolf, D.J. Smith and Alvin Zahnter.

Incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback has primary opposition from Jennifer Winn.

Scott Morgan is challenging incumbent Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the Republican primary.

Five are running for the Republican nomination for Kansas commissioner of insurance, as incumbent Sandy Praeger is not returning. The five are Beverly Gossage, David Powell, Ken Selzer, Clark Shultz and John Toplikar.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Registered voters will need to bring identification with them to vote.

For more voting information, including complete candidate lists for both parties and all races, visit,, or call 913-573-8500.

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On the Democratic primary ballot:
Judge contest:

Forum video:

Senate candidates:

U.S. representative, 3rd District:

On the Republican ballot:
Senate contest:

Governor contest:

Column: Governor promotes his pro-growth policies

Kansas secretary of state:

Candidate challenges citizenship requirements for voter registration

Kansas commissioner of insurance:


Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-635

Melody Carol Hinshaw, 61, of Kansas City, Mo., died in a fatal crash at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at I-635 northbound near Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, Hinshaw was on a motorcycle that was northbound on I-635. A Ford Focus struck the back of the motorcycle, ejecting the driver, the trooper’s report stated.

The driver of the Focus, a 36-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan., was not injured, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet and protective glasses, the report stated.


Bridge deck repairs scheduled Aug. 5 on I-435

Southbound I-435 right lane, from Kansas Avenue to Swartz Road, will be closed for bridge deck repair work beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, and reopening to all traffic at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, weather permitting.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, traffic will be directed through the project work zone through signs, cones and arrow boards.

Drivers should expect some delays during the daily peak time commutes and may wish to adjust their travel times, KDOT stated.

Updated daily traffic information for the entire Kansas City metro area can be viewed online anytime at:

The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.