Majority Leader Seeks To Remove Opponent From Ballot

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Kansas House majority leader is trying to remove a fellow Republican lawmaker from the ballot and avoid facing him in the GOP primary.

Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, of Olathe, filed a formal objection Thursday with the secretary of state's office over the filing of Rep. Mike Kiegerl, who has also represented an Olathe district.

Political redistricting this year put both lawmakers in the newly drawn 121st House District, and they're both listed as candidates in the Aug. 7 primary.

But Siegfreid said Kiegerl has made it clear that he doesn't intend to run against Siegfreid. The majority leader also noted that Kiegerl said in a recent news story that he has moved out of the district.

Kiegerl did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

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