Incumbent Kansas House District 117 Rep. John Ewy will return to Topeka after beating Mullinville artist M.T. Liggett by a landslide in the Republican primary and facing no Democratic opposition in November.

Ewy had 87 percent of the vote with 15 of the 84 precincts to earn his third trip to the state legislature, though Liggett was not running a serious campaign to unseat the man he called a friend.

"My biggest thing is that you try to work as hard as you can in Topeka," Ewy said about earning his win. "When you do come home to campaign, you talk to constituents and you take notes. You try to do what you're sent to do."

Ewy said it's been a busy time for him in Jetmore before the elections with a lot of voters calling him about concerns that they feel need to be addressed on the legislative floor.

The Jetmore Republican also said he's excited about who will be returning when the next class of representatives arrives in the statehouse in January.

"You try to build a lot of friendships there and it's a diverse group," Ewy said. "Johnson County has 25 representatives and I try to be friends with each one. We try to hang together because we have the same problems despite being in different parts of the state."