Kansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Kansas Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
August 15, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Kansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
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Down Ballot
Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner

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Two down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Kansas in 2014. The two down ballot offices on the ballot in 2014 are the Kansas Treasurer and the Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Ron Estes (R) is seeking re-election against Carmen Alldritt (D) for the treasurer's office. Voters will choose between Dennis Anderson (D) and Ken Selzer (R) to replace Sandy Praeger (R), who did not file for re-election. Praeger endorsed Anderson for the general election, citing his support for expanding Medicaid coverage for low-income families.[1] Learn more about the insurance commissioner race by jumping to the race background section.

Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[2][3][4]

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Ron Estes - Incumbent
Democratic Party Carmen Alldritt[5]


Duties

The office is separated into five areas: administration, bond services, cash management, Kansas learning quest and unclaimed property. The administration department cover the overall working of the office, the bond department issues money to schools or cities that have bonds, the cash department keeps track of allocated money and invests it as needed. Unclaimed property tracks down owners or heirs and the learning quest department provides funds for higher education to students in need.[6]

Past elections

2010

Kansas State Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Estes 58.5% 481,704
     Democratic Dennis McKinney 41.5% 341,324
Total Votes 823,028
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State

Insurance Commissioner

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Dennis Anderson - Family business owner[7]
Republican Party Ken Selzer - Accountant[8]

Retiring

Republican Party Sandy Praeger Incumbent[9]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Beverly Gossage - Republican Party Activist, Businesswoman[10]
Republican Party David Powell - Insurance Agent[11]
Republican Party Clark Shultz - State Rep. and insurance auditor[8]
Republican Party John Toplikar - 6th District Johnson County Commissioner[12]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary
Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Selzer 27.1% 64,073
Beverly Gossage 23.1% 54,578
Clark Shultz 22.8% 53,900
David Powell 16.8% 39,638
John Toplikar 10.3% 24,455
Total Votes 236,644
Election Results Via:Kansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
Democratic primary
  • Uncontested

Duties

The commissioner serves as the head of the Kansas Department of Insurance, which regulates and reviews companies for financial solvency and regulatory compliance, educates consumers, and helps license agents selling insurance products in the state.[13]

Race background

Incumbent Sandy Praeger, a Republican first elected in 2002, opted not to seek a fourth term as commissioner, leaving the seat open for the 2014 election.

In September, Praeger made news by endorsing Democrat Dennis Anderson over Ken Selzer, the nominee from her own party. Praeger cited Anderson's like-minded dedication to the causes of expanding Medicaid and opposing the Medicare Compact as reasons to take her support across party lines.[14]

Selzer defeated four opponents in the GOP primary, while Anderson was uncontested for the Democratic nomination.

Debate over Health Care Compact

See also: Health Care Compact

Ken Selzer and Dennis Anderson hold contrasting views on the Health Care Compact, an interstate agreement among nine states designed to shift healthcare policy from federal agencies to state governments. Participating states would administer Medicare programs but still receive federal Medicare funding. The compact still requires congressional approval to take effect, but the issue has become a centerpiece of the race for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.[15]

Selzer supports the compact, citing the need to "bring decision-making closer to home where it belongs and do it more efficiently than the federal government."[15] Anderson opposes implementation of the compact, arguing that state-run health programs could exceed federal funding and create future budget issues. The candidates are also divided over expansion of Medicaid programs for low-income families, with Selzer opposing expansion and Anderson supporting broader coverage.[15]

Past elections

2010

Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Praeger Incumbent 99.6% 674,573
     Write-in David J. Powell 0.4% 2,570
Total Votes 677,143
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 2, 2014 Filing deadline (Party Candidates)
August 4, 2014 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 5, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Deadline for State Board of Canvassers to meet
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

Recent news

Treasurer

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Insurance Commissioner

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See also

External links

References

  1. Kansas Health Institute, "Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner," September 16, 2014
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Kansas Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidates List," accessed June 18, 2014
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named kstreas
  7. Dennis Anderson for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 28, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kansas.com, "Former budget chief Anderson joins Selzer campaign for Insurance Commissioner," September 12, 2013
  9. The Topeka Capitol-Journal, "Robust GOP primary likely for insurance commissioner," April 12, 2013
  10. Beverly Gossage for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  11. David Powell for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
  12. John Toplikar, Kansas, "Timeline," accessed April 28, 2014
  13. Kansas Insurance Commission, "About us," accessed December 17, 2012
  14. Winfield Daily Courier, "Praeger endorses Anderson for insurance commissioner," September 18, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Wichita Eagle, "Candidate for insurance commissioner slams plan giving Kansas control over Medicare," October 17, 2014