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  Kansas Rep. Aaron Coleman, with history of abuse, loses seat in Democratic primary
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Last EditedBrentinCO  Aug 03, 2022 12:38pm
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News DateWednesday, August 3, 2022 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionKansas Rep. Aaron Coleman, who has faced multiple abuse allegations and was arrested twice during his first term, handily lost his Democratic primary on Tuesday to a newcomer who had the backing of the party establishment, according to unofficial election results. Melissa Oropeza, a health care professional with a doctorate in nursing, appeared to win with 49%, or 1,203 votes, followed by Faith Rivera, a longtime community activist, with 38%, or 923 votes. Coleman, the 21-year-old freshman lawmaker, received 13%, or 321 votes, according to Wyandotte County election results. Oropeza goes on to compete for the 37th House District seat in the general election against Diana Whittington, the lone Republican candidate. The recently redrawn district lies in eastern Wyandotte County, generally bordered by Parallel Parkway on the north, Kansas Avenue on the south, 94th Street on the west and the county line on the east.
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