Ed Board Vet To Challenge Rhoades In Primary

By: AP Posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP Posted by Carissa Fox

NEWTON, Kan. (AP)__ The GOP chairman of the House Appropriations Committee will face his first primary challenge next year.

The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/1epiPTP ) reports that Barbara Bunting became an official candidate last week in the 72nd House Republican primary. She will face 52-year-old Marc Rhoades of Newton who has handily defeated Democratic opponents ever since he first won the seat in 2006.

Bunting, also of Newton, is a longtime school board member and past president of the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Rhoades says Bunting is supported by Democrats and ``those who have an affinity for big government.''

The 59-year-old Bunting considers herself ``more moderate'' than Rhoades. She says Republicans are her primary supporters, but she adds that Democrats and unaffiliated voters also are backing her.

No Democrats have entered the race yet.
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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com


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