Archive | June, 2014

The Primary

23 Jun

A lot has happened since the last post. I gathered more signatures than were needed for filing by petition, but more were invalidated than I had thought possible, so I had to apply by paying the filing fee at the last moment, with the aid of the Kansas Democratic Party and the Sedgwick County Democratic Party. No other Democrat in the 100th District filed, so I am running unopposed in the primary election in August.

Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon came down from Topeka for some campaign advice, and I have started setting up a campaign team, opening my campaign account, making plans for reaching key Democrats in the 100th District before the primary election, and answering surveys coming in from various interest groups. The most interesting one is the survey from People for the American Way, the main propaganda and funding body for the extreme right-wing Republicans; it gives me a chance to state my position on issues about which I feel strongly. There has also been my first invitation to attend an issues event involving all candidates in the area who choose to attend, this one sponsored by local education supervisors at Mulvane High School.

I haven’t yet checked to see whether Dan Hawkins, the Republican incumbent has an opponent, and, if so, who. He beat a Tea-Party=supported candidate to win his first term back in 2012. 

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Precincts: 2

8 Jun

In Kansas, each precinct is entitled to one committeeman and one committeewoman for each recognized party, although few precincts have filled their allotted slots, and even fewer have contested elections. These men and women elect the party’s county officers and help select delegates to district, state, and national conventions. I am the elected committeeman, my wife the elected committeewoman, for the Democratic Party in the 517th precinct.

The main jobs for precinct people are getting to know the residents of the precinct as much as feasible, assisting party candidates for any office (especially for offices within whose boundaries the precinct fits), getting party members (and other supporters) registered or provided with advance ballots, and attending party meetings. I and my wife do poorly on all of these tasks, so one of our additional hopes is to recruit successors who will do better.

The Precincts: 1

2 Jun

I walked 5 miles this morning, through the 516th and 515th precincts to the Bank of the West branch at the Southwest corner of Maize and 21st, then back, with a stop at Dillons (the Northwest corner of 13th and Tyler) to pick up some prescriptions.
The 100th Kansas House of Representatives consists of eleven precincts, the 508th through the 519th, with the exception of the 512th. The 519th Precinct, the farthest South, is the square mile between Maple and Central (South to North) and between Tyler and Maize (East to West); it includes the Rolling Hills Country Club golf course in the Southwest corner and a large park just North of the golf course, so there is not quite as much room for houses and apartments as in the four precincts just North of it. The 518th and 517th precincts take up the square mile immediately North, going up to 13th Street, the 518th being everything West of the Westlink Creek, the 517th everything East of it. Then come the 516th and 515th precincts, making up the next square mile North, going up to 21st Street, the 516th being everything South of 17th and Westport, the 515th everything North. The 514th Precinct continues immediately North, up to 29th Street, taking up the whole square mile.
The 513th is sparsely settled, the only precinct covering more than one square mile and the only one extending West of Maize, going from Tyler to 119th East and West, and from 29th to 37th South and North, plus adding a small chunk North of 37th and West of Maize.
The 511th and 510th precincts take up the square mile between Tyler and Ridge West to East, and 29th and 21st North to South, with the 511th being a small chunk in the Northwest corner, the 510th (including the Reflection Ridge golf course and the Reflection Ridge Retirement Community) all the rest of the square mile.
Finally the square mile immediately to the South of the 510th has the 509th and 508th precincts, the 509th being everything North of 17th and Westport, the 508th everything South.
More on the precincts in the next post.