Posted 2 years ago
By Fred Gough
Jan Pauls prevails over challenger Erich Bishop in the primary election for her seat in the 102nd district.
According to Reno County officials, Pauls even picked up a vote over Bishop winning by 8-votes, with the total 428-420.
Bishop sought the recount because it was so close with him losing by a seven-vote margin when the canvassing was complete last week.
Pauls had won her primary race over Bishop, 427 votes to 420. The previous count was 417 votes to 410, and Monday it changed again.
That recount Monday was conducted by Michel Raymond, Carolyn Wadkins and Patrick Weathers.
Pauls’ race was notable because gay rights advocates had targeted her for defeat, and Bishop has been active in the Kansas Equality Coalition, the state’s leading gay-rights group.
Pauls has strongly supported legislation that gay rights advocates believe will nullify local ordinances meant to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.
It’s not over for Pauls, she’ll face Republican Dakota Bass, also from Hutchinson, in the November general election.
Bass, a socially liberal Republican is also out to oust Paul’s because of her conservative stance on gay issues issues.