|Kansas House of Representatives District 102|
|High school||Hutchinson High (2002)|
|Bachelor's||University of Kansas (2011)|
When asked why he ran, Bishop stated, "The current, 20-year incumbent, no longer represents my district. My goal is to put Kansans back to work and to represent the hard working, law abiding Kansans in my district. I stand in strong opposition to the destructive "slash and burn" policies promoted by Governor Brownback and his supporters in the legislature."
On his campaign website, Bishop listed four top priorities:
- Good paying jobs
- Strong schools
- Access to health care
- Fair treatment for all
Gay rights was a major issue in the 2012 race. Bishop, who is openly gay, grew up with a father who was at the time a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In announcing his candidacy, Bishop stated, "To call my household as a child racist and homophobic would be an understatement. My father rightly faced opposition from people like you."
Bishop ran in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 102. He faced Jan Pauls in the August 7 Democratic primary. The race remained too close to call, with Pauls leading Bishop by 7 votes. Following a recount, Pauls was declared the winner on August 20 by a margin of 428-420.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 102 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Janice Pauls Incumbent||50.5%||428|
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- Hutchnews, "Kansas House Primary Candidate Survey: Erich Bishop (102nd District)," July 14, 2012 (dead link)
- Erich Bishop, "Homepage," access July 30, 2012
- Topeka Capital Journal, "Ex-Klansman's gay son to challenge conservative Dem," April 26, 2012
- The Wichita Eagle, "Two state House races await provisional ballot counts," August 9, 2012 (dead link)
- Kansas City Star, "Conservative Kansas House member wins recount," August 20, 2012 (dead link)
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 primary (official)," accessed July 13, 2012
- C-SPAN, "Kansas - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2012
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