With the filing deadline for this year’s Kansas legislature races officially passed, northeast Johnson County looks to have contested elections for all area seats this year.
Democrat Liz Meitl of Overland Park filed for the District 19 seat occupied since 2013 by Rep. Stephanie Clayton.
Meitl, a PhD student in special education at the University of Kansas, said she isn’t running as a challenge to Clayton so much as a representative of her party and pro-education values.
“I feel like it’s really important for the Kansas Democrats to demonstrate that we are an engaged, robust organization, and one of the best ways for us to do that is to be represented on the ballot. It’s also important for us to have as many voices as possible calling for full judicial retention,” Meitl said. “I am not running against Stephanie Clayton as much as I am running for a strong party and as an advocate for our Supreme Court, who are currently all that stand in the way of a gross undermining of our educational system.”
Meitl and her husband Ryan have two daughters.
With Meitl’s entry into the race, the candidate slates for NEJC area elections are as follows:
Senate District 7:
- Barbara Bollier (Republican)
- Megan England (Democrat)
House District 19:
- Stephanie Clayton (Incumbent Republican)
- Liz Meitl (Democrat)
House District 21:
- Dorothy Hughes (Republican)
- Neil Melton (Republican)
- Jerry Stogsdill (Democrat)
House District 24:
- Rob Johnson (Republican)
- Jarrod Ousley (Incumbent Democrat)
House District 25:
- Matt McCann (Democrat)
- Melissa Rooker (Incumbent Republican)
The primary election for the District 21 Republicans will be held Aug. 2. The general elections will be Nov. 8.