Johnson County Voters To Decide How Judges Are Chosen

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Johnson County voters decide Nov. 4 whether their district court judges should be elected rather than appointed.

The ballot initiative already is unusual. The American Judicature Society says the only place in the nation to opt for electing judges after using a "merit" system of appointing them is neighboring Wyandotte County.

But the campaign is unusual for another reason, and that's Phill Kline.

Opponents of the initiative are using the defeated Johnson County district attorney as a reason to vote against the proposal. They've even put up a billboard saying, "Keep Phill Kline Off Our Court."

Supporters say that's a "scare tactic" because Kline can't win an election in Johnson County.

And Kline? He's not commenting.

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