Democrat Representative Vic Miller, in his capacity representing House 26th District candidate Deann Mitchell, held a press conference Tuesday at the Statehouse asserting that the Republican candidate in that race, Adam Thomas, does not live in that district and therefore has committed perjury on his voter registration form that was filed May 31st.
“Adam T. Thomas registered to vote on May 31, 2018, claiming to reside in a small duplex at 1308 East 152nd Street, Olathe, KS. Kristin Lynn Thomas, (spouse of Adam T. Thomas) registered to vote on June 1, 2018, claiming to reside at 1308 E. 152nd Street, same address.”
This was news to the owner of the property.
“Brook Macdonald, the owner of the property, has signed an affidavit attesting that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Thomas are tenants of her property and that she is unfamiliar with either of them,” said Miller. “The Thomases, in addition to the two in their household, they also have four minor children residing with them. The actual tenant of the property on 152nd is Jacob Swisher and he is duly registered as a voter at that address.”
Swisher donated money to the 2017 Olathe City Council campaign of Thomas that was unsuccessful. Pursuant to Mr. Swisher’s lease, Macdonald inspected his residence on 152nd Street.
“That inspection was conducted by Ms. Mcdonald in the presence of Mr. Swisher yesterday on June 11th,” said Miller. “Mr. Swisher said nothing throughout the inspection of any other occupants of the property and there was no evidence of any female or children occupying the property. The lease between Ms. McDonald and Mr. Swisher requires notice to Ms. McDonald of any occupancy beyond that of Mr. Swisher.”
Miller is delivering a letter to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and to Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe asking them to investigate the case on voter perjury grounds, as the facts came to his attention past the deadline to file an objection to Thomas’ candidacy. He does, however, plan to challenge his nomination, should Thomas ultimately become the Republican nominee for the office. There are no other candidates running in the race at this time save Miller’s client and Thomas, though an independent could still theoretically file by petition before the August primary date.