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McClelland wins primary


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Martha L. “Marcy” McClelland is well on her way to being a new Ellis County commissioner.

McClelland defeated Lyle Johnston in Tuesday's Republican primary in Ellis County, 456-293.

"It was time for me to try to make a difference, to give back a little bit of what I had received," McClelland said about why she ran for the position.

The two were vying for the seat being vacated by Swede Holmgren, who chose to not seek re-election.

Barring any strong write-in candidates, McClelland officially will win the District 1 seat after the general election in November. She will take over in January.

Votes will be canvassed at Monday's Ellis County Commission meeting.

"The election probably came down to people that thought I would do a better job than Mr. Johnston because I had a little more leadership experience with organizations and so forth," McClelland said.

McClelland has served on the Ellis County Farm Bureau Board for several years, has been a 4-H leader and a teacher for the Agriculture in the Classroom program.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Patrick Wiesner carried Ellis County with 496 votes. Chad Taylor had 242. In the Republican portion of the Senate race, Milton Wolf won Ellis County with 1,091 votes. Incumbent Pat Roberts had 860 votes, followed by Alvin Zahnter (179) and D.J. Smith (100).

Statewide, Taylor edged Wiesner for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, while Roberts snuck by Wolf for Republican honors.

In the race for the U.S. House of Representatives First District, incumbent Tim Huelskamp won the Republican vote in the county by a narrow margin. Huelskamp had 1,185 votes compared to 1,020 for Alan LaPolice. In the Democratic primary of the district, James Sherow defeated Bryan Whitney, 414-273.

Sherow won the statewide race as well. Huelskamp held off a strong challenge by LaPolice statewide.

In the Republican race for Secretary of State, incumbent Kris Kobach soundly defeated Scott Morgan in the county, 1,345-757. Kobach won the statewide race by nearly a 2-1 margin.

Gov. Sam Brownback won the Republican bid by a 1,347-838 margin over Jennifer Winn.

Brownback overwhelmingly defeated Winn statewide.

In a jam-packed Republican primary for insurance commissioner in Kansas, Clark Shultz won Ellis County with 596 votes. He was followed by Beverly Gossage (495), Ken Selzer (490), David Powell (245) and John Toplikar (92).

Selzer took statewide honors to represent the Republican party in the general election.

In the state board of education Republican primary for District 5, incumbent Sally Cauble failed to carry Ellis County. Meg Wilson won the majority of the vote, 989-941, but Cauble ended up winning the statewide race to reach the general election.

John Ewy defeated M.T. Liggett in the Republican primary for the 117th District in the statehouse, 2,775-398, while Richard “Rick” Billinger defeated Adam Smith 2,191-1,445 in the Republican race in the 120th District.

Voter turnout in Ellis County was 17.4 percent, with a total of 3,079 people casting votes.