Ed Eilert and Patricia Lightner will compete for Johnson County Chair. Eilert, the incumbent, won handily in the non-partisan primary election that winnowed the field from three candidates to two.
Ed Peterson, Fairway, will not appear on the November ballot.
Eilert earned 26,997 votes, or 41 percent of total voters, to Lightner’s 24,942 votes, or 38 percent. Second place, however, will be good enough to catapult the Olathe woman into a general election race against Eilert.
Peterson earned 13,623 votes, or 20 percent of the votes.
Incumbent Sen. Molly Baumgardner will likely continue to represent part of Gardner and Edgerton in the state Senate. The Louisburg woman defeated Charlotte O’Hara in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic candidate in the race, so Baumgardner will have the November ballot to herself.
It was a light turnout for voters. Slightly more than 18 percent of registered Johnson County voters cast ballots in the primary races.
Primary election results are not yet final.
In other highly contested races, at press time, it appeared that U.S. Senator Pat Roberts would hold off challenger Dr. Milton Wolf. Some Kansas counties had not released numbers at press time, however the Associated Press had called the race for Roberts. Roberts will face Democrat Chad Taylor, a Topeka attorney, in the general election in November. At press time, it appeared Taylor would defeat his primary opponent Patrick Wiesner.
Full election results are available online on the Kansas Secretary of State’s website at www.kssos.org.