Daily Archives: Sept. 10, 2012

Gabel challenges Sawyer’s residency in 95th House District

TOPEKA – The State Objections Board on Thursday will consider a complaint filed by Kansas for Liberty that contends Tom Sawyer, a Democratic candidate for House District 95 in south Wichita, doesn’t live at the house he owns in the district.

Craig Gabel, president of Kansans for Liberty, filed a complaint that says their independent investigation has determined Sawyer “is not the true resident nor does he reside” at the home at 1041 S. Elizabeth. Gabel wants Sawyer’s name removed from the Nov. 6 ballot.

Gabel said that he expects people to submit written affidavits or to testify during at a hearing in Topeka on Thursday that Sawyer isn’t living at that address. Gabel declined to name any of those who may testify.

“From any normal person’s perspective, the man doesn’t live in this house,” Gabel said. “If he can prove that he does, more power to him.”

Sawyer is a former House member who ran for governor in 1998 and resigned from the House in 2009 to serve on the Kansas Parole Board. He couldn’t be immediately reached on Monday afternoon. Sedgwick County Appraiser records show Sawyer as the owner of the house, and state records show he is registered to vote at the address on South Elizabeth.

Sawyer faces incumbent Republican Rep. Benny Boman in the Nov. 6 election.

Gabel’s challenge of Sawyer’s residency is one of many the State Objections Board has considered this year. The Board is comprised of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer.

Stanley likely to replace Armstrong on ballot for Bel Aire’s 85th House District

TOPEKA — It’s official. Rebecca Armstrong, a Democratic candidate for Bel Aire’s 85th House District, has been removed from the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed Monday.

That paves the way for  retired school administrator and psychologist Barry Stanley, who lost to Armstrong 189 votes to 214 in the August primary,  to take her place and run against incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Brunk. But it will be up to precinct committee leaders to decide on Wednesday whether to officially install Stanley in the race.

Stanley said he doesn’t know of anyone else seeking the Democratic nomination.

Although he has been campaigning and trying to raise money, Stanley said he may be at a disadvantage.

“I’ve lost some significant time here,” he said. “There’s no way I can match Mr. Brunk with money, but I can perhaps match him with the people I meet and spreading the message that I think Kansas faces a very critical time.”

Stanley had raised $1,605 in the lead up to the primary. Brunk, who was first elected to the House in 2003, had $36,462 left to spend in his latest campaign finance filing.

Armstrong said she filed as a “placeholder” and didn’t campaign or attempt to raise significant money during the primary. She said she learned shortly after filing that Stanley, who she supports, had also filed. Armstrong said she likely won the primary with votes from women who tend to support other women on the ballot.

“When I won in the primary, it just made it more complicated,” she said.

Armstrong said she hopes that Stanley can become well-known by voters before the election in November.