Michael Capps

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This will likely be the last term for Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell.

He announced on social media Saturday that he will not accept a second term representing the 2nd District should he be reelected Tuesday. He did not resign from his current term, which ends in January.

Penn Unseats Capps In District 85 Republican House Primary

Aug 4, 2020

Patrick Penn easily defeated incumbent Michael Capps in the Republican primary for the District 85 seat in the Kansas House. 

Penn captured more than 76% of the vote.

"We are elated right now," Penn said after early results showed him in the lead. "This is some of the best news I’ve ever seen."

The former Army veteran was backed by the Republican Party against Capps, who is serving his first full term.

A Republican Kansas House member accused of child abuse has won his bid for re-election.

Incumbent 85th District Rep. Michael Capps beat Democrat newcomer Monica Marks in a tight race Tuesday.

Capps was asked to withdraw from the House race by the Kansas Republican Party after accusations of child abuse surfaced in August. The Kansas Department for Children and Families found Capps guilty of child abuse, but the state overturned the decision for technical reasons.

Capps called the accusations of child abuse “categorically false and untrue.”

The Kansas Republican Party is cutting ties with state Rep. Michael Capps of Wichita after it was revealed that Capps was found guilty of child abuse last year.

A letter from the party released Friday said it asked Capps earlier in the week to withdraw from the race to keep his seat representing House District 85. The district covers parts of east Wichita.