The slate of candidates for the Kansas primary election is set after a last-minute scramble to enter races before Friday’s deadline.
Now, all that’s left to do is campaign. And there are some interesting campaigns.
The House Democratic leader is facing a primary challenge. Attorney General Derek Schmidt will face a challenge from a Lawrence Democrat and a political performance artist called Vermin Supreme. And several teens filed to run for governor.
The primary election is August 7, leaving candidates a little more than two months to make their case to voters.
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Here are a few highlights from the candidate filings:
Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt was only hours away from winning re-election unopposed, but then two candidates came forward.
First, Sarah Swain filed to run as a Democrat. Swain is a criminal defense attorney and has a Lawrence law office. Swain’s filing also means Democrats are running for every statewide executive office.
Less than a month ago, no Democrats had filed to run for insurance commissioner, state treasurer and attorney general. All three races now have Democratic candidates.
Second, Vermin Supreme — a traveling political performance artist — filed to run as a Republican.
Supreme walked into the Kansas secretary of state’s office to file wearing a boot on his head and quickly attracted onlookers and cameras. He paid his filing fee in $100 bills and said he would be the next attorney general of Kansas.
Teens still run for governor
In the end, three teen tickets ended up officially running for governor and lieutenant governor.
Jack Bergeson and Alexander Cline filed to run as Democrats for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. Bergeson and Cline are students at the Independent School in Wichita.
On the Republican side, Tyler Ruzich and Dominic Scavuzzo are running. Ruzich is from Prairie Village and Scavuzzo is from Leawood.
Joseph Tutera and Phillip Clemente are also running as Republicans. Tutera is from Mission Hills; Clemente is from Mission Woods.
A court order this week kept out-of-state candidates for governor out of the race. And after a wave of teen candidates, the Legislature changed the law so that during the next election cycle, no one under 25 will be able to run for governor.
Ward to face challenge
House Minority Leader Jim Ward is facing a primary opponent in District 86. Alexander Vulgamore has filed to run against the long-time Wichita Democrat.
Ward campaigned for governor for several months, before dropping out last month and deciding to run for re-election instead.