Indian Country Today
All four Native candidates running for office in Kansas won their primary elections Tuesday, including one who is the presumptive winner of a state House seat, and will become Kansas’ youngest sitting legislator, after no one filed to run against her in November.
Twenty-six-year-old first-time candidate Christina Haswood, Diné, won her Democratic primary with 70 percent of the vote.
“It’s still surreal,” Haswood said Tuesday night. “I just want to thank my voters for supporting me in this important election.”
On Wednesday morning, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez rang praise for Haswood.
“Change is happening with this election, and Christina Haswood is part of that change,” Nez said. “I am very proud of her and all that she has accomplished to this point. She is truly an inspiration to our people, especially our young people.”
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, of Kansas, ran unopposed in her bid for a second term in Congress, and will advance to the general election.
She will face Amanda Adkins, former chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, in November. The Republican primary was a race between five candidates.