Endorsements start to pile up as August primary election draws closer


As election season continues full tilt toward the August primary, more organizations have announced endorsements for races in northeast Johnson County.

Only the District 21 seat for the Kansas House of Representatives has a contest in the Aug. 2 primary- and only on the Republican side. Some of the organizations rate candidate regardless of a primary contest and others limit endorsements and ratings to the contested primaries.

Here is a summary of the endorsement lists (often by the Political Action Committees of the groups) we have seen to date as they apply to NEJC:

Game On For Kansas Schools –  Listed Republican Dorothy Hughes as a “Top Recruit” in the District 21 race against Neil Melton.

Women for Kansas – This group gave grade ratings A to F based on votes, public statements and questionnaires. Senate candidates Barbara Bollier, Megan England and Pat Pettey all received A ratings. Incumbent Reps. Stephanie Clayton, Jarrod Ousley and Melissa Rooker also received the A rating as did Jerry Stogsdill in the open District 21 seat. Elizabeth Meitl received a B rating. Not rated were Neil Melton, Dorothy Hughes, Rob Johnson and Matt McCann. Johnson will challenge Ousley in the fall and McCann will be running against Rooker. Meitl will be running against Clayton.

Kansans for Life – The group that works to elect pro-life candidates endorsed Neil Melton in the District 21 House race. It gave no endorsements in any of the other NEJC House or Senate districts.

Kansas Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber, which described its endorsements as pro-business, endorsed Neil Melton in the District 21 primary. It only listed contested primary races.

Kansas PTA – The Kansas PTA only charted incumbents’ votes on issues key to education, not giving a list of endorsements. All of the NEJC incumbents votes aligned with the PTA on the 10 key votes.

A list of endorsements by the Mainstream Coalition PAC was announced earlier.