Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will not have opposition in the primary for that office after all.
Prospective candidate Vermin Supreme was denied ballot access on Monday by the State Objections Board on the grounds that Supreme is not from Kansas.
A court decision handed down recently that confirmed that candidates for Governor have to be from Kansas was instrumental in Monday’s decision, according to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
“The Secretary of State’s office has taken a posture through our representative that if there is ambiguity, either in the statutes or in the case law, that we would err on the side of ballot access,” said Kobach.
It was Kobach’s contention that the recent case regarding the Governor’s office changed that calculation for this particular office.
“We have a great deal of legal analysis and as I think Mr. Laue has pointed out, the statutes do seem to apply equally to the Governor and to the Attorney General,” said Kobach, referring to chief counsel Brant Laue, who was representing the Governor’s office on the Board on Monday. “Since this board is obliged to abide by the laws of the state as interpreted by the courts of the state, I believed that, I too, am bound by that decision, to apply it here.”
With Supreme no longer on the ballot, Democrat Sarah Swain will oppose Schmidt in the fall, but neither will have a primary opponent.