Rubin ousts incumbent Neighbor in Kansas House District 18 race
In his second attempt to do so, Shawnee Republican John Rubin has unseated incumbent Cindy Neighbor in the Kansas House of Representatives 18th District race.
Rubin took 59 percent of the vote Tuesday, compared to Neighbor’s 41 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Johnson County Election Office.
Of 8,253 votes cast in the race, Rubin came out on top with 4,882. Neighbor received 3,365. There were six write-in votes.
Rubin, 62, is an attorney and arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He is a retired U.S. Administrative Law Judge for Social Security Administration.
During his campaign, Rubin pledged support for small businesses and a “common-sense conservative” approach to fiscal and social principles.
“I think the voters in Shawnee and Lake Quivira and the state expressed their view that government has become too large and too intrusive in their lives,” he said after Tuesday’s election.
Rubin ran unsuccessfully for the same House seat in 2008.
This year, he said, he started campaigning earlier, built name-recognition and met more voters in person – he said he and his wife knocked on more than 10,000 doors in the process.
Two years ago the “Obama phenomenon” prompted more Democrats to register to vote and propelled Democrats to win races at all levels, Rubin said. He said those feelings have tapered.
“Because of the economy and because of, frankly, the over-reach of national Democrats and Democrats in the state, I think that people were more than ready for a change,” Rubin said. “Kansas is back to where it historically has usually been, and that is a deep red Republican state.”
Neighbor, a Shawnee Democrat, is a longtime member of the Shawnee Mission school board. She is finishing her third term in the Kansas House.
During her campaign, she cited the economy, education, healthcare and prisons as the state’s top priorities.
Election results are not official until after a statewide canvass.