Incumbent Republicans U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Gov. Sam Brownback, Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, and Ron Estes, Kansas state treasurer, made the Kansans For Life political action committee’s 2014 endorsements list, as did Martin Burke, a state board of education candidate.
In Franklin County, Bob Fluke, an Ottawa Republican vying for the Kansas House District 59 position, and state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, also earned Kansans for Life endorsements. Jones is uncontested in the primary race, but faces a Democratic challenger, Miranda Rickel, Garnett, in the Nov. 4 general election.
Endorsements from Kansans For Life are intended to help elect candidates who represent pro-life values, the group said. While incumbents receive higher priority for endorsements, according to Kansans For Life, the committee uses a criteria including a questionnaire, candidate voting record, voter demographics, and candidate background and temperament as the basis for its endorsements.
Incumbent state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, did not earn the group’s endorsement, but has been touted this election season as a “pro-life legislator” by the Topeka-based Kansas Values Institute, “a grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing Kansans to take action on a variety of topics that form the bedrock of the Kansas spirit,” according to the group’s website.