Former Sheriff Locks Up Spot On November State Senate Ballot

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Former Shawnee Co. Sheriff Dick Barta took no prisoners in the Republican primary for the 18th State Senate district.

Dick Barta easily outdistanced Cristina Fischer and Gary Parnell, taking 78 percent of the vote. He'll face incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly on the November ballot. The district encompasses northern Shawnee County and most of Wabaunsee County.

Barta says his campaign focuses on fiscal responsibility, upholding the community's values and serving his constituents. He says bickering among lawmakers has led to gridlock and he wanted to work to find solutions to problems.

Barta served 12 years as Shawnee Co. Sheriff before retiring in April.

Kelly says she's looking forward to a campaign centered on moving the state forward. She says Barta was an excellent law enforcement officer, but this election is about the "Brownback agenda," which she says decimates schools and makes the state unattractive to businesses and potential residents.


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