2020 Primary Candidate Survey

This is the Candidate Survey for the 2020 Primary Election in Kansas, which takes place on August 4th, 2020.

Last Updated: July 31, 2020

In order to give voters more information about the positions of candidates on their ballots, the Mainstream Coalition partnered with a selection of issue-oriented advocacy organizations to ask candidates a set of questions on policy areas. Surveys were sent to all candidates with an email address listed for the 2020 Primary on the website of the Kansas Secretary of State. We have collected those answers and present them below.

If your candidate is missing from this list, please ask them to email admin@mainstreamcoalition.org for the link. We will add primary candidate answers as they come in, and will publish a separate listing for the General Election.

Questions were framed in a way that allowed for yes/no answers, but also for commentary by candidates, so that the nuance of complicated issues could be explored.

When evaluating candidates, please look to both answers for a complete picture.

These are not endorsements. The Mainstream Coalition does not endorse candidates for public office.  The ratings presented are simply an easy indicator of how closely the candidates match the policy positions of the Mainstream Coalition. If you are looking for recommendations, please visit MainPAC, or the website of our partners linked below (not all partners issue recommendations, however).

We would like to thank our partners in this survey, Advocacy and Awareness Group Johnson CountyClimate Action KC, Equality Kansas, Game On for Kansas Schools, and The League of Women Voters of Johnson County.

These are the 2020 Primary Candidate Survey Questions

  1. Do you believe that scientific fact and the advice of health professionals should be paramount in decisions regarding public health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. Do you believe that proof of citizenship should be required in order to register to vote?
  3. Do you believe that laws covering the sale of firearms are sufficient? If yes, why? If no, do you believe they should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
  4. Do you support amending the Kansas Constitution to eliminate the protection for individual reproductive freedoms contained in the Kansas Constitution?
  5. Do you believe that diversity in representation is critical to effective governing? If yes, as an elected official what will you do to promote and engage leaders who more accurately reflect the diversity of members in our communities?
  6. Do you believe climate change is real and caused by human activity? If so, what policies should legislators pursue to improve climate resilience?
  7. Do you support amending the current Kansas Act Against Discrimination to include the same protections for sexual orientation and gender identity?
  8. Should public funding be available for private school tuition via tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts, vouchers or other methods? What is your opinion about the current funding for Kansas schools?
  9. Do you support Medicaid expansion at a time when pandemic-induced job loss has left thousands of Kansans without health care coverage?

2020 Primary Candidate Survey Results

First Last P Office Dist Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Link
Amy Lyon D KS Senate 30 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Ann E. Mah D SBOE 4 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Annie Kuether D KS House 55 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Becca Peck D KS Senate 37 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Bill Meyer D KS House 4 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Brandon Woodard D KS House 30 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Brenda S. Dietrich R KS Senate 20 Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Brian Matlock R US Senate KS Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Cindy Neighbor D KS House 18 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Cooper Overstreet D District Attorney 7 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Darnell Hunt D KS House 49 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
David W. Krug R SBOE 2 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Dennis "Boog" Highberger D KS House 46 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Donna Hoener-Queal R KS House 113 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Edward Hackerott D KS House 82 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
H. Dean Zajic D KS Senate 18 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
James L. Swim D KS House 106 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Jeffrey A. Zamrzla D KS House 71 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Jerry Clinton R KS House 29 No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes answers
Jerry Stogsdill D KS House 21 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Jim Ward D KS Senate 28 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Joshua Luttrell D District Attorney 3 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Joy Koesten D KS Senate 11 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Katie Dixon D KS House 49 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Kristiane Bryant D District Attorney 29 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Les Lampe D KS House 39 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Linda Featherston D KS House 16 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Marcey Gregory D KS House 85 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Mari-Lynn Poskin D KS House 20 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Mark A. Dupree, Sr. D District Attorney 29 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Melanie Haas D SBOE 2 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Monica Murnan D KS House 3 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Oscar Irenia D KS House 32 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Philip Black D KS House 69 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Richard Donovan Kautz D KS House 79 No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Rick Roitman D KS House 116 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Roger Sims D KS House 5 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Rui Xu D KS House 25 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Sally Jercha D KS House 28 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Sherri D. Grogan D KS House 38 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Stephanie Sawyer Clayton D KS House 19 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Steven G. Crum D KS House 98 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Susan Ruiz D KS House 23 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Todd Maddox D KS House 60 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Valdenia C. Winn D KS House 34 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Carol Brewer D KS House 98 Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes answers
Pat Pettey D KS Senate  6 Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers
Virgil Weigel D KS House 56 Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes answers

 

 

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