Monday, November 24, 2014

Independent sets sights on DC after ballot petition success

By The Herald Staff | 8/18/2014

TOPEKA — The Kansas Secretary of State’s office accepted the independent bid by Greg Orman, Olathe businessman, to appear on the November general election ballot for U.S. Senate.

Orman’s campaign announced Friday the Secretary of State’s office certified a sufficient number of ballot petition signatures submitted by his campaign to officially qualify him for the general election ballot in November, according to a news release. Orman submitted 11,500 signatures from all 105 Kansas counties, he said. By law, an independent candidate must receive 5,000 signatures before the primary election to appear on the general election ballot.

TOPEKA — The Kansas Secretary of State’s office accepted the independent bid by Greg Orman, Olathe businessman, to appear on the November general election ballot for U.S. Senate.

Orman’s campaign announced Friday the Secretary of State’s office certified a sufficient number of ballot petition signatures submitted by his campaign to officially qualify him for the general election ballot in November, according to a news release. Orman submitted 11,500 signatures from all 105 Kansas counties, he said. By law, an independent candidate must receive 5,000 signatures before the primary election to appear on the general election ballot.

“I’m very pleased that Kansas voters will have a choice this November between the tired partisan politics of the past that have tied Washington in knots and made progress impossible, and a new, independent approach that focuses on practical problem solving rather than extreme partisanship,” Orman said.

The independent candidate will face off against incumbent Republican Pat Roberts, Dodge City, and Democrat challenger Chad Taylor, Topeka, on the ballot

Orman last week announced his Congressional reform plan to “put an end to the partisan extremism in Washington,” and plans to travel across the state to 18 locations to speak with the public, according to a news release.

Orman’s reform plan includes provisions for enacting term limits, ending congressional pensions, banning lobbying by former members of Congress and eliminating Political Action Committees (PACs).

His bus tour includes stops in Salina, Hays, Colby, Garden City, Hugoton, Dodge City, Great Bend, McPherson, Hutchinson, Newton and Wichita.

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