Monday, October 20, 2014

Campaign: Independent Orman collects 10,000 signatures in bid to join US Senate race ballot

By The Herald Staff | 7/28/2014

TOPEKA — He isn’t a new candidate, but Greg Orman, an Olathe businessman, officially is entering the Kansas U.S. Senate race this week, his campaign said.

Orman, an independent running the office now held by Republican Pat Roberts, announced Monday his campaign had collected more than 10,000 signatures from voters in all 105 Kansas counties as part of a petition drive to qualify him for the general election ballot in November.

TOPEKA — He isn’t a new candidate, but Greg Orman, an Olathe businessman, officially is entering the Kansas U.S. Senate race this week, his campaign said.

Orman, an independent running the office now held by Republican Pat Roberts, announced Monday his campaign had collected more than 10,000 signatures from voters in all 105 Kansas counties as part of a petition drive to qualify him for the general election ballot in November.

The candidate made the announcement Monday morning in Topeka on the steps of the State Capitol one week ahead of the Aug. 4 deadline for submitting the ballot petitions, according to a news release from his campaign. By law, independent candidates are required to collect signatures from 5,000 registered Kansas voters to be considered for ballot access. Orman’s campaign is set to deliver its petitions to the Secretary of State’s office for official verification Tuesday.

“Kansans are sick and tired of partisanship. They’re sick and tired of elected officials who are only interested in getting reelected and not interested in solving problems,” Orman said. “Voters know that we need pragmatic, problem-solving leadership in Washington to help the country get back on track, and this successful petition drive is more proof of the momentum our campaign is demonstrating as the only viable alternative to Pat Roberts in November.”

Roberts notably faces Milton Wolf, a Kansas City-area radiologist, in the Aug. 5 Republican primary. The winner in that race must then compete against Orman and the likely Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, Shawnee County district attorney, on the general election ballot in November.

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