O’Brien wins GOP primary in House District 42
Topeka State Rep. Connie O'Brien of Tonganoxie on Tuesday won the Republican Party primary over Sandra Bohne of Leavenworth in the 42nd House District.
O'Brien, who is seeking her third term in office, will face Leavenworth Democrat Harold Fevurly Jr. in the Nov. 6 general election.
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday, O'Brien led Bohne 63 percent to 37 percent.
The 42nd District covers the western half of Leavenworth County, including Tonganoxie, Easton and a portion of Leavenworth, as well as part of Douglas County, including Eudora.
Redistricting had set the stage for the primary face-off between Bohne and O’Brien.
In 2010, Bohne lost the race for the 40th District House seat to Democratic incumbent Melanie Meier by about 50 votes. Redistricting placed Bohne in the 42nd District.
O’Brien is considered one of the most conservative members of the House and supported Gov. Sam Brownback's tax cuts.
During the campaign, Bohne said she favored lower taxes but had concerns about the tax cut, saying it was “based on hope and not sound economics.”
“I’m all for lower income tax, but I feel we need to maintain,” Bohne said.
Democratic candidate Fevurly, 49, serves on the Easton school board and works for Kansas Correctional Industries. He has said past cuts to schools have hurt and he would like to see funds restored.