Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mayoral Race's Votes Partisan

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mayoral Race's Votes Partisan

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Michelle De La Isla received more votes than Spencer Duncan in this past week's mayoral election in all six Topeka City Council districts where Democrats outnumber Republicans, while Duncan got more votes in all three districts where Republicans outnumber Democrats.

Election records show that among votes cast only for De La Isla or Duncan, she received 57 percent in District 1, 52 percent in District 2, 56 percent in District 3, 52 percent in District 4, 55 percent in District 5 and 57 percent in District 6. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in all six districts, according to the Shawnee County election office website.

Meanwhile, Duncan received 54 percent in District 7, and 52 percent each in districts 8 and 9. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in those districts.

De La Isla said Friday she thought the mayoral race -- which is supposed to be nonpartisan -- became more partisan after Topekans saw news coverage about an anonymous postcard sent to some residents in late July labeling her as a Democrat and Duncan as a Republican.

Duncan stressed that when the postcard came out, he quickly contacted The Topeka Capital-Journal to make it clear to the public he is an independent, not a Republican, adding he had nothing to do with the postcard.

"I'm a registered independent and I ran this race as a registered independent," he said Friday.

At the time the postcard came out, Duncan and De La Isla were among five candidates for mayor in the Aug. 1 primary, where both won the right to run in last Tuesday's general election.

It remains unclear who sent the postcard or how many residents received it. The postcard told recipients to "know the difference" between the two.

Duncan replied by publicly stressing he was registered as being unaffiliated. He had been a Republican before changing his affiliation April 19.

De La Isla responded by noting races for Topeka's mayoral and council seats are nonpartisan, and saying she had nothing to do with the card and was unhappy it was sent out. …

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