Candidate Wins Ballot Spot As Independent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Kansas secretary of state's office says a state House candidate may now run as an independent after a lost filing form kept him off the ballot as a Democrat.

The office confirmed Friday that Larry Meeker, of Lake Quivira, gathered enough signatures from registered voters in the 17th House District to be listed on the November general election ballot.

Meeker was the only Democrat seeking to enter the race in the Kansas City area district.

Democrats contend the secretary of state's office lost Meeker's original filing form after it was delivered to Topeka on the deadline. The office says there's no proof it ever arrived.

The seat is currently held by Republican Brett Hildabrand, of Shawnee. He faces Jason Leib, of Lenexa, in Tuesday's GOP primary.

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