We keep getting emails that say: “Please, Curmudgeon, don’t leave us in suspense. What happened to Kathy Martin?”
Those inquiries refer to our post last month: Kathy Martin of Kansas — Back Again? Kathy was running again for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Most of you can skip the next indented paragraph, but for those who don’t know about Kathy, here’s a bit of background:
Kathy was featured in our Gallery of Creationist Hotties, because she was a major force in the Kansas evolution hearings of 2005, about which we wrote Kansas Flashback: The Crazy Days. 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. Since then she’s run for office a few times, without success.
We reported a month ago that Kathy had filed as a Republican for the 64th District seat of the Kansas House of Representatives, and was running against Susan Carlson in the Republican primary in August. Now you’re all wondering — what happened in that primary election?
We discovered the news in the Salina Journal of Salina, Kansas. They have a comments section, but there aren’t any comments yet. Their article is ten days old, so there probably won’t be any comments, ever. Their headline is a bit of a spoiler: Carlson wins over Martin, Concannon beats Sacco. We’re only concerned about Kathy’s race. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A freshman will be in the 64th District seat of the Kansas House of Representatives come January. Two Clay Center residents battled for the Republican nomination for that seat in the primary Tuesday, with Susan “Suzi” Carlson beating Kathy Martin by 150 votes — 1,296 to 1,150. [That’s 146 votes.] Carlson won 53 percent of the vote to Martin’s 47 percent.
Kathy lost — how heartbreaking! It was apparently an open seat, because the newspaper says:
Susie Swanson, the incumbent for the 64th District, which includes most of Clay County and part of Riley County, did not run for re-election. … This is Martin’s third run for the Republican House seat. She lost twice before to Swanson. She previously served on the Kansas Board of Education, leaving that board in 2012.
Poor Kathy. She probably thought that with Swanson out of the way, that seat in the state legislature would be hers. Instead, Carlson beat her. The newspaper tells us:
Carlson has served as municipal judge for Clay Center as well as the court clerk. She also has served as judge for Wakefield, Green, Longford and Miltonvale.
What an ignominious defeat for Kathy! After her glorious career as a creationist on the state’s Board of Education, she was defeated by a mere municipal judge.
The rest of the article is about other Kansas elections. They don’t interest us, so we’ll quit here. But we can’t help wondering: What will we do without Kathy?
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