A few months ago we posted Kansas Creationism: A Blast from the Past, in which we discussed upcoming elections for members of the Kansas State Board of Education. We identified two incumbents who were running for re-election who had been part of the creationist faction during the infamous Kansas evolution hearings of 2005.
Those two lingering creationists are John Bacon, who represents District 3, and Kenneth Willard of District 7. We found two news articles pertaining to their campaigns. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold added by us.
In the Kansas City Star we read Key differences for only filed candidates in Board of Education District 3 race.
The Aug. 3 primary election will almost certainly determine who will occupy the District 3 seat on the Kansas Board of Education. Republican incumbent John Bacon [the creationist] of Olathe is facing Republican challenger Dennis George of Ottawa. No Democrats have filed for the office.
The 03 August primary is the whole game in District 3. Continuing with the article:
According to their answers on a survey, Bacon and George differ on several key issues. First, Bacon said science curriculum should include theories in addition to evolution, while George said other theories should be allowed to be discussed in class but should not be part of the curriculum.
This is a close one. Bacon is still a hard-core creationist who wants six-day creation and Noah’s Ark in science class. His opponent will tolerate unofficial classroom discussions of such “theories.” Our guess is that George is the less aggressive creationist, whatever that may mean in Kansas.
That’s all there is on creationism, but the article ends with this
Bacon has been endorsed by the Kansas Republican Assembly and Kansans for Life. George has been endorsed by MainPAC, the MainStream Coalition’s political action committee.
Kenneth Willard [the creationist] has served two terms on the Kansas Board of Education representing District 7 … . Willard faces a relatively unopposed re-election this year to what would be his third term in office.
Willard’s district seems comfortable with their creationist. Let’s read on:
Though Willard has run twice before in hotly contested elections, he has little reason to doubt his re-election this time around. He has only one challenger in the primary election, M.T. Liggett, an artist from Mullinville known for politically satirical pieces that adorn Highway 154.
Well, at least that’s interesting. Here’s more:
Though he does not possess much of a political record, Liggett has used his art as a forum to criticize the state Board of Education. One piece, which criticizes the board’s stand on evolution, calls the board members “nincompoops” and claims that they are “lead(ing) our schools to the stone age.” Calls to Liggett for comment about the election were not answered.
We like that guy. Let’s continue:
Willard is confident he will be re-elected this year, because most of the focus in this election has been paid to other races, and there is no Democrat running in the general election. Unless Liggett develops a larger following than in previous elections or a strong write-in candidate emerges, the election is Willard’s to lose.
As with District 3, the GOP primary for District 7 is the whole show. The last line of the article emphasizes this:
Willard and Liggett will be on the Republican primary ballot Aug. 3. The winner of the primary will run uncontested on Nov. 2.
So there you are. Two old-time Kansas creationists (John Bacon and Kenneth Willard) are being challenged in the 03 August GOP primary. If they win, they stay on the board — along with Kathy Martin, who was re-elected in 2008. That’s how it is in Kansas.
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