TOPEKA - Pursuant to K.S.A. 25-208a and 25-308, Democrats today announced their intention to appeal Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s determination that the candidacy of Larry Meeker (D-Lake Quivira) in House District 17 is invalid.

On Monday, June 11, Meeker completed a Declaration of Intent to file for election in House District 17. The form was attested at the Johnson County Election Office and hand delivered to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office by the House Minority Leader’s staff. On Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s Office informed Meeker that they were unable to locate the paperwork and his candidacy is therefore considered invalid.

“I appreciate the chaos that the Secretary of State’s office  had to deal with on Monday with such a short time for candidates to file for state offices,” said Meeker. “Such circumstances certainly create opportunity for error. However, I firmly believe that the discrepancy in filing my paperwork occurred at the Secretary of State’s Office.”

The objection will now go before the State Board of Objectors. The board is comprised of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer. 

“We are not accusing the Secretary of State’s Office of malice, but we do believe they made a mistake,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence). “Anyone who was present at Memorial Hall on Monday can testify to the utter pandemonium of the day. Candidates were filing, reporters were interviewing, consultants were soliciting, staffers were helping, along with dozens of spectators who were simply there to watch the show. We just hope that the State Board of Objectors will recognize that, fairly weigh the facts, and allow Mr. Meeker his rightful place on the 2012 ballot.”

Meeker grew up on a farm in western Kansas but has lived in Johnson County for the last 37 years. He is a retired vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is a former, two-term mayor of Lake Quivira and the Chair of the Board of the Johnson County Museum. He is an active member of the Shawnee County Presbyterian Church, where he chaired the Pastoral Nominating Committee. Meeker and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 42 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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