Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Johnson County Community College Trustee's Race

There's good news from the primary election held yesterday in Johnson County. The three Mainstream PAC endorsed candidates led in voting for Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees and will advance to the general election.

Incumbents Jon Stewart and Lynn Mitchelson advanced as did Don Weiss. Many RSR readers will remember that Weiss, a moderate, pro-science candidate challenged religious right Kansas school board member John Bacon in the last election.

It's unfortunate that Weiss lost that race, but perhaps the school board's loss will be the JCCC Board of Trustees gain.

Yesterday, Weiss came in second in the voting with 20.97 percent of the vote, just behind Stewart, who got 21.05. Mitchelson came in third with 18.7 percent.

Johnson County Community College has played a key role in the economic development of the area and there had been some fears that the same right-wing forces that brought embarrassment to the state school board might try to engineer a takeover of the JCCC Board of Trustees, as well.

Dwight Sutherland, David Nelson, and Lorianne Fisher also advanced to the general election. Sutherland, a conservative GOP activist, was quoted in Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas? He's been a supporter of the ultra-right policies pursued by the right-wing faction on the state school board.

RSR didn't do as good a job as we should have of covering the primary election, but we'll try to do better in covering the general on April 3.


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