There must be thousands of state and local elections going on in the US this year, and we have no doubt that a substantial percentage of the candidates are creationists. There’s no way we can track them all, but every now and then our news sweeps bring something to our attention.
Today we found two creationist office-seekers, and they’re already known to our regular readers. The first is — can you believe it? — Kathy Martin. You remember her from the Kansas evolution hearings back in 2005 when the Kansas State Board of Education, led by Kathy Martin and Connie Morris, actually decided to re-define the meaning of science in Kansas so that it would also include supernatural phenomena — thus allowing creationism to be taught in science class. The last time we posted about her was back in 2010: Kathy Martin of Kansas: Abstinence Queen.
Former Kansas Board of Education member Kathy Martin, rural Clay Center, filed today for the Kansas House of Representatives 64th District seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Vern Swanson. She will face Republican Beniah Wilson, a K-State student who has also filed for the position.
Wowie — it looks like a fierce primary battle!
Martin is the Clay County Republican chairperson and is on the Republican State Committee.
Awesome credentials — and she’s a hard-core creationist too. That’s important in Kansas. The rest of the article is boring. Well, except for this:
She and [her husband] Max are also active in the Cowboys for Christ Saddle Club in Clay Center and have been members of the Junction City Saddle Club in the past.
Kathy’s gonna be a tough campaigner. And now for the other creationist lady running for office. This one is in Ohio. We learned about it in the Dayton Daily News of Dayton, Ohio. The story is dated 31 March: Early voting for primary starts today. It’s about a bunch of primary races, and it says: “Early voting in-person and by mail starts today for the May 6 primary election.” Only one line is of interest. It says:
State Senate races: … In the 7th District, state Sen. Shannon Jones has a Republican challenge from former Springboro School Board member Kelly Kohls.
The last time we posted about her was 8 months ago: Springboro School Board: Kelly Kohls Is Retiring. Along with that announcement, she hinted that she wanted “to make more education influence happen at the state level and perhaps at the national level.” We knew she’d be trying for higher office.
We’ve been looking for other stories about either of these two races, but we can’t find anything. If something turns up, we’ll let you know. It’s always fun to see familiar names in the news.
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