Ex-Kansas Lawmaker's Residency Doubted In New Race

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita tea party group's leader is questioning whether a former Democratic legislator who is running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he claims as his home.

Kansans for Liberty President Craig Gabel is challenging former state Rep. Tom Sawyer's right to run as the Democratic nominee in the 95th House District.

Gabel said Monday that interviews with neighbors suggest that no one lives at the address. Online tax records list Sawyer as the home's owner.

Sawyer did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

A state board is expected to consider Gabel's challenge later this week.

The seat is held by freshman Republican Rep. Bennie Boman, who's seeking re-election. Sawyer ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1998 and last held the House seat in 2009.

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