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Unemployed Schoolteacher Wins Nomination to Challenge Dole

August 6, 1986

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An unemployed schoolteacher won the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Bob Dole on Tuesday while the Republicans nominated Kansas House Speaker Mike Hayden to succeed Gov. John Carlin.

Dole, considered a likely presidential candidate in 1988, easily won nomination to a fourth term.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, unemployed Wichita schoolteacher Guy MacDonald had 31,492 votes, or 27 percent. He was followed by Darrell Ringer, a western Kansas farm activist and former candidate for the U.S. House, with 29,427 votes, or 26 percent; Bill Addington, a former Republican legislator from Elkhart, with 20,808 votes, or 18 percent, Lionel Kunst, a Kansas City businessman, with 18,520 votes, or 16 percent, and Jim Oyler, a retired naval flier, with 12,341 votes, or 10 percent.

In the GOP gubernatorial primary, with 70 percent of the precincts reporting, Hayden had 69,634 votes, or 35 percent. He was followed by Larry Jones, chief executive officer of the Coleman Co. in Wichita, with 60,111 votes, or 30 percent; Jack H. Brier, secretary of state, with 27,401 votes, or 13 percent; Gene Bicknell of Pittsburg, owner of a pizza franchise empire, with 19,879 votes or 10 percent; Richard Peckham, an Andover attorney, with 14,308 votes, or 7 percent; Barbara Pomeroy, a former federal official from Whitewater, with 4,356 votes, or 2 percent, and Bill McDonald, a Meriden salesman, with 1,359 votes, or 1 percent.

Hayden will face Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The Republicans have won the Statehouse only once in the past 20 years.

With 73 percent of the precincts reporting, Dole, considered a likely presidential candidate in 1988, had 2,175 votes, or 84 percent. Shirley Landis, a 54-year-old Kansas City housewife with no previous political experience, had 31,219 votes, or 15 percent.

Rep. Dan Glickman of Wichita, the only congressman with primary opposition, defeated the Rev. James Saiz, 30, a minister and organizer in Wichita for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition.

Carlin was ineligible under the state Constitution to succeed himself for a third four-year term.

His selection of Docking as his running mate four years ago set up Docking’s shot at becoming a third-generation governor of Kansas. Docking’s father, Robert, was governor in 1967-75, and his grandfather, George, was governor in 1957-61. The only other family to match that record in the past century were the Proctors in Vermont.

Kansas’ only Republican governor in the last 20 years was Robert F. Bennett, who was elected in 1974 and served one term.

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