2022 General Election Ratings by MainPAC

These are the 2022 General Election candidate ratings of MainPAC, the political action committee of the Mainstream Coalition, for the November 8th races in Kansas. 


On November 8th Kansans will vote for important state offices, members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, select local offices, and on two constitutional amendments. Learn how your candidates rate against Mainstream values before you vote this November.

MainPAC takes the following positions regarding the Supreme Court Justices and constitutional amendments:

 Supreme Court Justices - RETAIN ALL

 Kansas Legislative Veto or Suspension of Executive Agency Regulations Amendment - Vote NO

 Kansas County Sheriff Election and Recall Amendment - Vote NO

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 (the higher the rating percentage, the greater the likelihood), including their view on the role of local government with regards to:

  • Transparency in government
  • Access to health care
  • Public education
  • Separation of government and religion
  • Voting access
  • LGBTQ equality
  • Reproductive rights

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. 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.


2022 MainPAC General Ratings

Download the printer-friendly candidate ratings here. We have also made individual pages available for Johnson County, Sedgwick County, and Wyandotte County. 

You can see all candidate's full responses here or click on their last name in the table below.

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

The higher the rating percentage below, the greater the likelihood of a candidate aligning with Mainstream values. Candidates are sorted by Office with statewide offices listed first, followed by Kansas State House of Representatives sorted by District, and local candidates listed last.

First Name Last Name Office District County Score
Laura Kelly Governor     100%
Jeanna Repass Secretary of State     100%
Lynn Rogers State Treasurer     100%
Jeff  Howards  Kansas State Board of Education BOE 1   91%
Sheila Albers Kansas State Board of Education BOE 3   100
Dennis Hershberger Kansas State Board of Education BOE 7   23%
Mark Holland United States Senate     100%
Jimmy Beard United States House of Representatives US 01   100%
Patrick Schmidt United States House of Representatives US 02   91%
Nina Fricke Kansas State House of Representatives HD 6 Miami 100%
Pam Shernuk Kansas State House of Representatives HD 8 Johnson 100%
Alana Cloutier Kansas State House of Representatives HD 9 Allen, Anderson, Miami, Linn 100%
Christina Haswood Kansas State House of Representatives HD 10 Douglas 100%
Gregory Wilkinson Kansas State House of Representatives HD 11 Montgomery  100%
Allison Hougland Kansas State House of Representatives HD 15 Johnson 91%
Linda Featherston Kansas State House of Representatives HD 16 Johnson 100%
Jo Ella Hoye Kansas State House of Representatives HD 17 Johnson  100%
Michael Kerner Kansas State House of Representatives HD 17 Johnson 27%
Cindy  Neighbor Kansas State House of Representatives HD 18 Johnson 95%
Stephanie Clayton Kansas State House of Representatives HD 19 Johnson 100%
Mari-Lynn Poskin Kansas State House of Representatives HD 20 Johnson 100%
Jerry Stogsdill Kansas State House of Representatives HD 21 Johnson 100%
Lindsay Vaughn Kansas State House of Representatives HD 22 Johnson 100%
Susan Ruiz Kansas State House of Representatives HD 23 Johnson 100%
Jarrod  Ousley  Kansas State House of Representatives HD 24 Johnson 100%
Rui Xu Kansas State House of Representatives HD 25 Johnson 100%
Cheron  Tiffany Kansas State House of Representatives HD 26 Johnson 100%
Christi Pribula Kansas State House of Representatives HD 27 Johnson 100%
Ace Allen Kansas State House of Representatives HD 28 Johnson 91%
Heather Meyer Kansas State House of Representatives HD 29 Johnson 100%
Courtney Eiterich Kansas State House of Representatives HD 30 Johnson 100%
Louis  Ruiz  Kansas State House of Representatives HD 31 Wyandotte 100%
Dennis Grindel Kansas State House of Representatives HD 31 Wyandotte 59%
Bill Hutton Kansas State House of Representatives HD 33 Wyandotte 91%
Stephanie Barton Kansas State House of Representatives HD 33 Wyandotte 73%
Valdenia Winn Kansas State House of Representatives HD 34 Wyandotte 100%
Martha Allen Kansas State House of Representatives HD 40 Leavenworth 91%
Harry Schwarz Kansas State House of Representatives HD 41 Leavenworth 100%
Keith Davenport Kansas State House of Representatives HD 43 Douglas, Johnson 100%
Mike Amyx Kansas State House of Representatives HD 45 Douglas 100%
Dennis "Boog" Highberger Kansas State House of Representatives HD 46 Douglas 100%
Dan Osman Kansas State House of Representatives HD 48 Johnson 100%
Brad Boyd Kansas State House of Representatives HD 49 Johnson County 100%
Derik Flerlage Kansas State House of Representatives HD 52 Shawnee 100%
Kirk Haskins Kansas State House of Representatives HD 53 Shawnee 91%
Darrell  McCune  Kansas State House of Representatives HD 59 Franklin 100%
Tobias Schlingensiepen Kansas State House of Representatives HD 55 Shawnee 100%
Mic McGuire Kansas State House of Representatives  HD 60 Lyon 100%
Patricia Smetana Kansas State House of Representatives HD 64 Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Riley 86% 
Sydney Carlin Kansas State House of Representatives HD 66 Riley 100%
Kim Zito Kansas State House of Representatives HD 67 Riley 91%
Chuck Torres Kansas State House of Representatives HD 76 Coffey, Lyon, Osage 91%
W. Michael Shimeall Kansas State House of Representatives HD 78 Johnson 100%
Kris Trimmer Kansas State House of Representatives HD 79 Cowley, Sumner 100%
Misti Hobbs Kansas State House of Representatives HD 82 Sedgwick, Sumner 95%
Ford Carr Kansas State House of Representatives HD 84 Sedgwick 82%
Jalon  Britton  Kansas State House of Representatives HD 85 Sedgwick  100%
Christopher Strong Kansas State House of Representatives HD 87 Sedgwick 100%
Chuck Schmidt Kansas State House of Representatives HD 88 Sedgwick 86%
Brooke Chong Kansas State House of Representatives HD 91 Sedgwick 100%
John Carmichael Kansas State House of Representatives HD 92 Sedgwick  91%
Michael McCorkle Kansas State House of Representatives HD 100 Sedgwick 91%
Joe  Seiwert  Kansas State House of Representatives HD 101 Reno, Sedgwick 73%
Jaelynn Abegg Kansas State House of Representatives HD 105 Sedgwick 100%
Brandon Woodard Kansas State House of Representatives HD 108 Johnson 100%
Jo Ann Roth Kansas State House of Representatives HD 113 Pawnee, Barton, Rice, Rush & Stafford 100% 
Kirsten Barger Kansas State House of Representatives HD 116 Pratt 100%
Courtney Tripp Kansas State House of Representatives HD 117 Douglas, Johnson 100%
Mel Pinick Kansas State House of Representatives HD 121 Johnson 100%
Mike Kelly Chair of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners   Johnson 100%
Becky Fast Johnson County Board of Commissioners 1 Johnson 100%
Janee' Hanzlick Johnson County Board of Commissioners 4 Johnson 100%
Mary Ann Morrison Colwich, KS Council Member 4 Sedgwick 77%
John McIntosh Sedgwick County Commission 5 Sedgwick 100%

 


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.

MainPAC strives to improve our process each year and 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 year.

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, just like last year, we published the candidates' complete surveys with scoring matrix.

Why are some candidates missing?

MainPAC actively solicited surveys from candidates for all statewide races, U.S. Senate, U.S. and Kansas House of Representatives, State Board of Education, and local 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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