Democrat challenges independent's bid for Kansas governor

August 20, 2018 - 9:37 pm

A Democrat legislative leader's aide is challenging businessman Greg Orman's right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor.

Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection Monday. Lawrence is attorney and chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.

The secretary of state's office said petitions submitted by Orman contained signatures from more than 7,000 registered voters when he needed 5,000 signatures.

Lawrence argued in his objection that some county election officers took a day more than state law allows to finish validating thousands of signatures.

Many Democrats fear Orman's candidacy will help the Republican nominee Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The challenge will be considered by Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann and Kobach's top deputy, all Republicans.

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