Wednesday, May 21, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Ben Hodge to run for Barbara Allen's state senate seat

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The Konnection has learned that Rep. Ben Hodge (R-Overland Park) has announced that he will run for Sen. Barbara Allen's (R-Overland Park) state senate seat. Allen just announced that she will be stepping down after serving 20 years in the state legislature. Hodge, who succeeded Scott Schwab as representative of the 49th house district (parts of southern Overland Park and Olathe), is the first candidate to announce for Allen's seat.

The 8th district state senate seat includes a portion of Lenexa (stretching from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 79th and Switzer) and a portion of Overland Park (bounded by Quivira to the west and Nall to the east and stretching south to I-435 and 107th street). The 8th senate district voted for Bush in 2004, 55 percent to 44 percent, but the district only gave Kris Kobach 43 percent of their vote in his challenge to Congressman Dennis Moore that same year.

No Democrat has yet announced plans to run for the seat.

Continue to check the Konnection for further updates regarding this race.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Brandon, Connection is spelled with a "C".

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous,
I spell it with a K because my last name is Kenig. You must live in a cave--corporations and businesses change the spellings of everyday words all the time to differentiate their brand and business names.

Of course, I don't expect you to know that.

Anonymous said...

Oh, is that what alliteration means?

Anonymous said...

I like Brandon's Banal Blatherings.

Anonymous said...

I rather enjoy the information he provides.

Brandon...

Lighten up.....

Don't be so hard on those of us who the basics.

Anonymous said...

lack the basics...

and can't type....

Anonymous said...

Brandon,

Is Hodge a moderate or conservative ?

Brandon said...

Hodge is a conservative--probably one of the most conservative members of the legislature. Owens is a moderate, but he is also generally someone who gets along well with moderates and conservatives and is well-liked. Owens is also known entity in Overland Park--he was an OP Councilman for many years before running for the statehouse. Hodge served on the JCCC Board of Trustees and has now served out a full term as a state representative for a district covering parts of Olathe and southern Overland Park, so he is also familiar to voters both countywide and in Overland Park.

Anonymous said...

Brandon,

Why the reference to Owens ?

I don't recall that name for the original post.

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