2021 General Election Ratings by MainPAC

These are the 2021 General Election candidate ratings of MainPAC, the political action committee of the Mainstream Coalition, for the November 2nd races in Kansas. 


Local elections are important!

This November you will be voting for school boards, city councils and local utility boards; make sure you have the best information to easily cast your vote with MainPAC’s ratings for candidates in Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties.

Just like in the August primaries, the MainPAC committee is publishing our results from a consistent rating process that involved candidates answering multiple choice questions. These ratings, presented as a percentage, indicate how likely a candidate is to align with Mainstream values, including their view on the role of local government with regards to:

  • Access to health care
  • Climate change
  • Gun safety
  • Voting access
  • Personal religious beliefs in policy decisions

We recognize that this process may present you with multiple options for candidates who align closely with issues that are important to you. We encourage you to use additional resources when researching who will earn your vote, including the election tool by The Voter Network - KSBallot.org / KSBoleta.org (live in September). In addition to information about your candidates, you can find where to vote early and set voting reminders.

If you’re interested in learning about our methodology and process, take a look at the FAQ section below.


2021 MainPAC General Ratings

Download the printer-friendly candidate ratings here (.pdf).

Download all the individual candidate responses with scoring matrix here (.pdf), or click on a candidate's name in the table below for each individual response.

Why are some candidates or races missing from this list? The most likely reason is that the they did not return a survey.

County  City or School District Office District Score First Name Last Name
Shawnee Auburn-Washington School Board A4 82% Jacqueline Lightcap
Douglas Baldwin City Mayor At-Large 94% Brian Cramer
Douglas Baldwin City Mayor At-Large 94% Casey Simoneau
Sedgwick Bel Aire City Council At-Large 88% Ashley Markley
Sedgwick Bentley Mayor At-Large 59% Rex Satterwaite
Johnson Blue Valley School Board 4 94% Andrew Van Der Laan
Wyandotte   Bonner Springs City Council 2 82% Tom Stephens
Wyandotte   Bonner Springs School Board At-Large 41% William Barajas, Jr.
Sedgwick  Clearwater City Council At-Large 94% Crystal Walter
Sedgwick Clearwater School Board At-Large 100% John  Burke
Sedgwick Clearwater School Board At-Large 59% Kathleen Garrison
Sedgwick  Derby City Council 4 100% John McIntosh
Sedgwick  Derby School Board At-Large 94% Claudia Peebler
Sedgwick  Derby School Board At-Large 71% Robin Folkerts
Johnson De Soto School Board 4 76% Crystal Duke
Johnson De Soto School Board 6 47% Emily Carpenter
Johnson De Soto School Board 6 59% Brandi Jonasson
Johnson  Edgerton
City Council At-Large 71% Josie Stambaugh
Johnson Edgerton Mayor At-Large 94% Brent Carroll
Johnson  Fairway City Council 3 94% David Watkins
Johnson  Fairway City Council 4 94% Tanya Keys
Johnson  Gardner  City Council At-Large 88% Alexander Coleman 
Johnson  Gardner School Board 6 94% Stacey Coleman 
Sedgwick Haysville School Board At-Large  47% Jason  Welch 
Douglas Lawrence City Commission At-Large 100% Amber Sellers
Douglas Lawrence City Commission At-Large 94% Milton Scott
Douglas Lawrence School Board At-Large 100% Kelly Jones
Douglas Lawrence School Board At-Large 94% GR Gordon-Ross
Douglas Lawrence School Board At-Large 94% Nate Morsches
Douglas Lawrence School Board At-Large 88% Kay Emerson
Johnson  Leawood City Council 1 100% Debra Filla
Johnson  Leawood City Council 2 100% Mary Larson
Johnson  Lenexa City Council 3 100% Melanie Arroyo 
Johnson Lenexa City Council 4 65% Scott Callaway
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS KCKCC Board of Trustees At-Large 82% Evelyn Criswell
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS KCKCC Board of Trustees At-Large 76% Brad Isnard
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS KCKCC Board of Trustees At-Large 100% Linda Sutton
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS School Board At-Large 100% Maxine Drew
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS School Board At-Large 88% Rachel Henderson
Wyandotte  Kansas City, KS School Board At-Large * Diosselyn Tot
Sedgwick Maize School Board 1 94% Ashley Burdick
Sedgwick Maize School Board 5 76% Tracy Taton
Johnson Merriam City Council 1 82% Jacob Laha
Johnson Merriam City Council 2 71% Nancy Hammond
Johnson Merriam City Council 3 100% Chris Hands
Johnson Merriam City Council 4 94% David Neal
Johnson Merriam City Council 4 76% Stacie Chivetta
Johnson Merriam Mayor At-Large 76% Angel Lopez III
Johnson Merriam Mayor At-Large 82% Bob Pape
Johnson Mission City Council 1 94% Hillary Thomas
Johnson Mission City Council  2 94%  Lea Loudon
Johnson Mission City Council  3 88% Debra Kring
Johnson Mission City Council  4 94%  Ben Chociej
Johnson Mission Mayor At-Large 94%  Arcie Rothrock
Johnson Mission Mayor At-Large 94%  Sollie Flora
Johnson Mission Hills City Council  At-Large 94% Barbara Nelson
Johnson Mission Hills City Council  At-Large 82% Bill Bruning
Johnson Mission Woods City Council  5 76% Robert Tietze
Johnson Mission Woods City Council  At-Large 94% Selina Bur
Johnson Olathe City Council 3 82% LeEtta Felter
Johnson Olathe City Council At-Large 100% Dean Vakas
Johnson Olathe City Council 4 100% Marge Vogt ***
Johnson Olathe School Board 2 82% Robert Kuhn
Johnson Olathe School Board 2 94% Kristin Schultz ***
Johnson Olathe School Board 3 94% Julie Steele
Johnson  Overland Park City Council 1 100% Logan Heley 
Johnson Overland Park City Council 2 94% Melissa Cheatham
Johnson Overland Park City Council 3 100% Jim Kite
Johnson Overland Park City Council 3 100% Amanda Vega-Mavec
Johnson Overland Park City Council 4 76% Stacie Gram 
Johnson  Overland Park City Council 5 94% Sam Passer 
Johnson  Overland Park City Council 5 94% Shelia Rodriguez 
Johnson  Overland Park City Council 6 94% Chris Newlin
Johnson  Overland Park City Council 6 76% Jeffrey Cox
Johnson  Overland Park Mayor At-Large 88% Curt Skoog 
Johnson Blue Valley School Board 5 100% Gina Knapp
Johnson Shawnee Mission School Board 4 65% Sean Claycamp
Johnson Blue Valley School Board 6 94% Lindsay Weiss
Sedgwick  Park City City Council 2 53% George Glover
Johnson  Prairie Village City Council 1 100% Cole Robinson
Johnson Prairie Village City Council 2 94% Ron Nelson
Johnson  Prairie Village City Council 4 100% Dave Robinson
Johnson  Prairie Village City Council 5 100% Gregory Shelton
Johnson  Prairie Village City Council 6 94% Terrance Gallagher
Johnson  Roeland Park City Council 1 94% Tom Madigan
Johnson  Roeland Park City Council 2 94% Jen Hill
Johnson  Roeland Park City Council 3 100% Kate Raglow
Johnson  Roeland Park City Council 4 ** Michael Poppa
Johnson  Roeland Park Mayor At-Large 94% Mike Kelly
Johnson  Shawnee City Council 1 94% Sophia Theodore
Johnson  Shawnee City Council 2 88% Eric Persson
Johnson  Shawnee City Council 3 94% Lisa Larson-Bunnell
Johnson  Shawnee City Council 4 82% Kevin Makalous
Shawnee  Shawnee Heights School Board 5b 53% Tim Watts
Shawnee  Shawnee Heights School Board 6c 65% Christina Flaming
Johnson  Shawnee Mission School Board 2 94% Mary Sinclair
Johnson  Shawnee Mission School Board 4 100% April Boyd-Noronha
Johnson Shawnee Mission School Board At-Large 88% Heather Ousley
Shawnee  Silver Lake City Council At-Large 53% Brad Bryant
Shawnee  Silver Lake School Board At-Large 88% Brady Hoffman
Johnson  Spring Hill City Council At-Large  35% Chad Eckert
Johnson  Spring Hill City Council  At-Large  71% Brian Peel
Johnson  Spring Hill City Council  At-Large  88% Rodolfo Arevalo
Shawnee Tecumseh School Board 5 88% Erica Price
Shawnee  Topeka City Council 3 94% Regina Platt 
Shawnee Topeka City Council 5 76% Marcus Clark
Shawnee Topeka School Board 2 29% Andrew Foreman
Shawnee Topeka School Board 2 94% Randall Schumacher
Shawnee Topeka School Board 3 94% Keith Tatum
Shawnee Topeka School Board 4 100% Rosa Cavazos
Wyandotte Unified Government of WyCo/Kansas City KS Board of Public Utilities 2 76% Brian Matlock
Wyandotte  Unified Government of WyCo/Kansas City KS Board of Public Utilities  1 100% Mary  Gonzales
Wyandotte  Unified Government of WyCo/Kansas City KS Board of Commissioners 8 94% Andrew Davis 
Wyandotte  Unified Government of WyCo/Kansas City KS Board of Commissioners At-Large 100% Claudine Sanders 
Wyandotte   Unified Government of WyCo/Kansas City KS Mayor At-Large 100% Tyrone Garner 
Johnson  Westwood City Council At-Large 82% Jason Hannaman
Johnson  Westwood City Council At-Large  94% Jeff Harris
Johnson  Westwood Hills City Council At-Large  76% Ed Gogol
Johnson Westwood Hills City Council At-Large  94% Karen Sexton
Johnson  Westwood Hills City Council At-Large  71% Rosemary Podrebarac
Johnson  Westwood Hills Mayor At-Large  82% Paula Schwach
Sedgwick  Wichita City Council 1 88% Brandon Johnson 
Sedgwick Wichita City Council 3 76% Jared Cerullo 
Sedgwick Wichita School Board 1 88% Benjamin Blankley
Sedgwick Wichita School Board 2 82% Julie Hedrick ***
Sedgwick Wichita School Board 2 94% Justin Bjork
Sedgwick Wichita School Board 5 94% Mia Turner
Sedgwick Wichita School Board 6 94% Holly Terrill
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 100% Lee Cross
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 65% Martha Davis
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 100% Joy Koesten
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 94% Jae Moyer
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 94% Dawn Rattan
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 47% Wayne Sandberg
Johnson Johnson County JCCC Board of Trustees At-Large 100% Paul Snider
Johnson Johnson County Water District #1 3 100% Kay Heley
Johnson Johnson County Water District #1 4 88% Jeffrey Mendoza
Johnson Johnson County Water District #1 At-Large 94% Jill Westra
It's come to our attention that there were some inconsistencies in the MainPAC candidate survey that resulted in incorrect ratings for 5 candidates. Questions that should have been required were not marked as such. And because of that, surveys were able to be submitted without all point value questions answered. It is important to us that candidates receive equal opportunity to share their viewpoints and to have their answers rated fairly. Since this error was no fault of the candidates, but rather a staff error, we invited the 5 candidates to resubmit answers to these questions only. Those who chose to do so (identified above with *** next to their name) have had their responses recorded in their surveys and their ratings have been corrected as of September 10.  Please disregard previous scores, as these corrected scores more accurately reflect these candidates' alignment with Mainstream values.

 

*Diosselyn Tot serves on the board of directors for Mainstream Coalition. Her survey was not scored, however we’ve included her full responses for your review.

**Michael Poppa is the executive director of Mainstream Coalition. His survey was not scored, however we’ve included his full responses for your review.

***Candidates ratings have been corrected based on staff error


FAQ

 

Why did you rate instead of endorse?

Historically, MainPAC endorsements were decided by a nonpartisan volunteer committee that deliberated over candidate surveys, available voting records, candidate interviews when needed, and other factors to determine how closely a candidate is aligned with the values of Mainstream Coalition, and how well their fundraising, organization, and messaging would contribute to their success. The committee then either endorsed the candidate or did not - a result that didn’t provide a lot of additional information about the candidate for you, the voter.

This year, MainPAC worked to provide a more engaging way for you to interact with candidate positions and priorities. Instead of a straight endorsement, ratings were automatically calculated from candidate answers to multiple choice questions. This allows you to make more informed decisions as you head to the polls this November.

How were the ratings calculated?

Candidates were provided the opportunity to fill out a survey with questions to determine how closely they aligned with Mainstream values. Ratings were then calculated using a consistent scoring matrix designed by the nonpartisan committee. The higher the rating, the greater the probability the candidate aligns with these values. 

MainPAC also wants you to have access to your candidates full response, especially in those cases where a rating is better understood through the more nuanced context of their full answers. That’s why, for the first time, we published the candidates' complete surveys with scoring matrix.

Why are some candidates missing?

MainPAC actively solicited surveys from candidates in city and school board races in Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties. An invitation for all candidates to participate was also posted on our social media platforms. The most likely reason your candidates or race is not listed above is that the candidates did not return a survey. 

Where can I find more information about the election? 

Mainstream’s affiliate, The Voter Network, offers a suite of nonpartisan resources to make voting easier, including KSBallot.org where you can view your sample ballot, learn more about your candidates, and make a plan to vote.

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