With a complete vote count unavailable Wednesday morning, Barbara Bollier seemed to be on her way to moving from the Kansas House of Representatives to the state senate.
Bollier held a substantial lead of 54 percent to 45 percent over challenger Megan England, but only 61 percent of the precincts in the district had been completed, according to the latest update on the Johnson County Election Office site. A large number of Johnson County voters had completed their ballots in advance. Bollier’s lead among the more than 18,000 people in Senate District 7 who voted in person in advance was 52 percent to 48 percent.
A Republican, Bollier is attempting to move from her current seat in the Kansas House to the Kansas Senate seat that had been held by Kay Wolf. After filing opened this year, Wolf announced that she was not running again for the post.
Bollier said she intended to take the same approach to governing she had learned in the House to the new role in the Senate should she win.
“Be yourself,” she said. “Represent the district…It’s about what the district needs and what the state needs, and I won’t sway from that path.”
Bollier said Medicaid expansion, a school funding formula and a new tax plan were among the items she anticipated focusing much of her energy on.
England had been a Roeland Park City Council member who did not run for re-election to that seat in the last city election,
The campaign became somewhat pointed in the last days with England’s mailers trying to tie Bollier to Gov. Sam Brownback and Bollier pushing back with her record of opposing the Brownback agenda on several key issues, including taxes.
Update: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bollier has 21,849 votes (54 percent) to 18,305 (46 percent) for England.
Senate District 6
Pat Pettey, the incumbent Democrat held a commanding lead over Libertarian Jason Conley in Johnson County with four of the six precincts reporting. Pettey had gathered 63-35 lead in those Johnson County precincts. In Wyandotte County, Pettey took 72 percent of the vote in the 43 precincts. Totals were complete Wednesday morning. The district represents a large part of Merriam in Johnson County.
Senate District 10
Incumbent Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook held a 51 to 49 percent lead over challenger Vicki Hiatt in the race Wednesday morning, but only 23 of the 54 precincts in the district were showing as complete. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the advance in person voting with less than a 400 vote difference between the two candidates. Democrat Hiatt had mounted a strong challenge to Pilcher-Cook, who is a strong conservative in the Kansas Senate. Haiti had received the endorsement of pro-education groups in the county. The district represents a section of Merriam.
Update: With all but one of the 54 precincts reporting, Pilcher-Cook has 18,126 votes (51 percent) to 17,139 (49 percent) for Hiatt.