In a move that Democrats considered partisan in nature, Republican Michael Capps was allowed to remain on the ballot as a candidate in the 85th House district.
Current Democrat Representative Vic Miller represented the challenger, Monica Marks, before the State Objections Board, which handed down the decision Monday.
“This man is lying,” said Miller. “I think it’s obvious to any non-partisan witness that he’s lying. It’s just a matter of counting the lies, counting the different crimes that may have been committed. If I were to give up on this, I would feel guilty that we put upon the voters somebody as sleazy as this who still has the chance of getting elected to the Kansas Legislature.”
Capps, for his part, just wants to move on and run for office.
“It’s a relief, I mean, it’s time to move forward, it’s time to do what the people need, listen to what the needs of the people are and get out there and knock on doors like every candidate should be doing. I look forward to talking to my opponent and discussing the real issues and policies that affect Kansas.”
The Board, manned by three Republican office holders or their designees, took the position that residency could be established as late as the day before the filing deadline and that Capps had given them enough evidence that he intended to live in the district if elected to remain on the ballot.