Holland easily wins Democratic House primary
It was an easy win for 10th District House of Representative incumbent Tom Holland and a solid win for 3rd District Senate candidates Roger Pine and Jan Justice in Tuesday's primary elections. Those two races were of most interest to Baldwin City residents.
Holland, D-Baldwin, garnered 924 votes to easily outdistance his Wellsville opponent, Leo Kerwin, who had 220. The margin of victory was 81 percent to 19. Holland now advances to face Republican challenger Rich Lorenzo in the November general election.
"I've still got an election to get by -- one down, one to go," said Holland. "First of all, I want to congratulate Mr. Kerwin for running a good campaign. I'd like to thank the people of Baldwin for getting out and voting and showing good leadership and judgment.
"I've enjoyed serving as their Representative and hope I get to serve another term," he said.
Holland served his first two-year term after defeating four-term incumbent Ralph Tanner in the last election. He plans to run his campaign from here on the same three main issues -- willingness to raise taxes for schools, opposition to outsourcing jobs and extending benefits to illegal immigrants and helping small businesses.
"People are concerned about lack of health care, education, jobs and the economy," he said. "That's what I'm hearing while walking the district. In looking at my record, I've been working on those concerns."
It was Kerwin's first run for elected office. He just wants to make sure his message continues to be heard.
"I congratulate Mr. Holland for his victory," said Kerwin. "I think the issue remains that we need good education in the classroom. That's what we really need."
In the Senate Republican primary, Pine, of Lawrence, received 3,696 votes for 47 percent to outpace Tonganoxie's Connie O'Brien (2,621, 34 percent), Eudora's Richard Rodewald (918, 12 percent) and Perry's Chuck Quinn (574, 7 percent). On the Democratic side, Justice, of Bonner Springs, ran away from her Easton opponent, Edward Sass, with 71 percent of the votes (2,928) to 29 percent (1,189).
Pine said he believes it was his roots that carried him to victory.
"I ran strongly here in Douglas County," said Pine. "I guess I'd have to attribute that to the fact I grew up here and have been involved."
There will be a clear choice between Pine and Justice, they both said. Pine said Justice is more liberal than he is, while she said the race is between a conservative and a moderate.