Republican Renee Erickson Defeats Moderate Opponent To Win 87th District Seat

Aug 7, 2018

Renee Erickson will represent the 87th Kansas House District in Sedgwick County after defeating moderate candidate Jeff Kennedy in the Republican primary election.

Erickson, who positioned herself as the conservative in the race, was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Kansans for Life. The seat is currently held by moderate Republican Roger Elliot, who did not run for re-election. There is no Democratic opponent.

After his loss, Kennedy framed the Republican Party as split.

"You've got the far right wing of the party, and I think you've got the more moderate wing of the party," Kennedy said. "I don't know how you reconcile that."

Moderates didn't lose everywhere: Republican incumbent John Whitmer lost to moderate J.C. Moore in the Republican primary for the 93rd District seat. Moore will face Democrat Clifton Beck in November.

In other Sedgwick County primaries for the House:

97th District

Democrat Rebecca Jenek and Republican Nick Hoheisel will meet in November to replace Les Osterman. Hoheisel topped Michael Walker in the primary.

100th District

Republican incumbent Daniel Hawkins won 76 percent of the vote against his primary opponent, James Breitenbach. He will run against Democrat Jennifer Winn in the general election.

86th District

Incumbent Jim Ward rolled over Alex Vulgamore in the Democratic primary. Ward will face Republican Jim Price in the general election.

89th District

Incumbent KC Ohaebosim will hold onto his seat after defeating two opponents in his Democratic primary. There is no Republican opponent in the general election.

99th District

Republican incumbent Susan Humphries will face Democrat Kristi Kirk after Kirk's primary win over Gerald Winget.

Stephan Bisaha, based at KMUW in Wichita, is an education reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.