Kansas judicial elections, 2014
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|Candidates by state|
|Supreme court elections|
- 1 Election dates
- 2 General election: Contested races
- 3 Retentions
- 4 General election: Uncontested
- 5 Primary results
- 6 Process
- 7 In the news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The Kansas judicial elections consist of partisan and retention elections.
There were a total of 105 candidates in the general election. Seventy-two judges ran for retention. There was only one contested race in the general.
- June 1: Filing deadline (district court)
- August 4: Filing deadline (retention)
- August 5: Primary
- November 4: General election
General election: Contested races
(I) denotes incumbent
District 18, Division 5
The following judges must face a retention election in order to keep their seat. In such elections, the incumbent judge is not being evaluated against an opponent. Rather, he or she simply receives votes of "yes" to retain or "no", do not retain.
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|Kansas Supreme Court||Eric Rosen|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Henry Green (Kansas)|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Kim R. Schroeder|
|Kansas Supreme Court||Lee Johnson|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Melissa Standridge|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Michael Buser|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Patrick McAnany|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Stephen Hill|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Thomas E. Malone|
|Kansas Court of Appeals||Tony Powell|
General election: Uncontested
The following candidates were elected or re-elected after running unopposed in the general election.
For full results from the judicial primary, please see: Kansas primary elections, 2014.
There were seven judicial primary races on August 5, 2014.
- In the 14th District, Jeffrey D. Gossard won the Republican primary for Division 2. Because no Democrats filed for the seat, Gossard was unopposed on November 4.
- In the 16th District, Sid R. Thomas won the Republican primary for Division 1. Because no Democrats filed for the seat, Thomas was unopposed on November 4.
- In the 18th District, Seth L. Rundle won the Republican primary for Division 5. He faced Democrat Gregory L. Waller on November 4. In the race for Division 19, Michael Hoelscher won the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election.
- In the 29th District, Timothy L. Dupree won the state's only Democratic judicial primary, which was for Division 11. He was unopposed in the general election.
- in the 22nd District, the Republican primary for Magistrate 3 was decided by only 14 votes, with Elizabeth Ensley Deiter coming out on top. She was unopposed in the general election.
- In the 23rd District, Gregory L. Gillespie won the Republican primary for Magistrate 1 and was unopposed in the general election.
Only district court judges in districts that hold partisan elections participate in the primary. The candidate with the most votes from each party (Democratic or Republican) in the primary go on to represent that party in the general election.
The districts with partisan election of judges are:
Appellate judges and appointed district court judges participate in retention elections. Candidates in the districts above advance from the primary election.
In retention elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for another term. If a candidate receives a majority of "yes" votes, that person is retained for another term. If not, that position will become a vacancy upon the term's expiration.
In the news
The following articles were current as of the dates listed, though new developments may not be included.
Opposition efforts in KansasNovember 13, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: 2014 retention report |
Both retention and partisan elections for the Kansas district courtsJune 12, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Looking back on primaries in four states as candidates advance toward November
There are 31 district courts in Kansas. Interestingly, 17 of the judicial districts hold retention elections, and 14 hold partisan elections. A 1972 amendment to the state constitution gave districts the opportunity to opt for retention elections with the commission-selection, political appointment method of choosing judges. Before that time, all district judges were chosen through partisan elections.
- Politics1, "Kansas"
- Politics1, "Kansas"
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Election Calendar"
- Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Unofficial Kansas Primary Election Results," accessed August 6, 2014
- Kansas Secretary of State: Election Standards - Election Administration Scroll to p."II-5"
- Kansas Judicial Branch, Nominating Commissions
- Kansas State Library, "Kansas Constitution, Article Three," accessed April 28, 2014
- The Wichita Eagle, "Kansans vote to retain justices Lee Johnson, Eric Rosen," November 4, 2014
- American Judicature Society, "History of Reform Efforts: Kansas," accessed April 29, 2014