Greg Orman

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A Democratic legislative leader's aide is challenging businessman Greg Orman's right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor.

Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection Monday. Lawrence is attorney and chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.

The secretary of state's office said petitions submitted by Orman contained signatures from more than 7,000 registered voters when he needed 5,000 signatures.

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Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman will be on the ballot in November as an independent candidate in the Kansas governor’s race.

The Secretary of State’s office announced Friday afternoon that Orman’s independent nomination petition was sufficient. He delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the office last week — twice the amount required by law.

Orman’s running mate for lieutenant governor is state Sen. John Doll from western Kansas.

His last real prospects of winning the Republican nomination for the office he holds slipping away one county canvass after the next, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the primary race to Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday night.

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For an increasing number of voters, choosing between red and blue feels like no choice.

Elections in Kansas this year could serve as a proving ground for a fed-up electorate made up of folks who might be disgusted enough to form a new political party.

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(An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Doll was removed from committees. He actually gave up those posts.)

State Sen. John Doll, a one-time Democrat, started the week as a Republican holding leadership posts on influential legislative committees.

Then he agreed to be a candidate for lieutenant governor running in the second spot on an independent ticket with Johnson County businessman Greg Orman.

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Independent candidate for governor Greg Orman on Wednesday picked a running mate with middle-of-the-road credentials who also balances the ticket geographically.

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Four years ago, Greg Orman made an independent and notable challenge to Republican U.S. Pat Roberts’ run for re-election.

Now the wealthy businessman has his sights set on the governor’s office, contending that voter frustration with the two-party system gives him a path to victory in November.

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Olathe businessman Greg Orman launched an independent campaign for governor Wednesday, ending months of speculation about his political plans.

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Olathe businessman Greg Orman is close to announcing an independent run for governor in Kansas but has not made a final decision, according to several sources.

Greg Orman gave Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts a scare in 2014 running as an independent.

Now, the wealthy Olathe businessman is preparing to enter a Kansas governor’s race already teeming with candidates.

Speaking on background, sources close to Orman confirm that he’s done polling and is interviewing prospective campaign staff. But, they insist he hasn’t made a final decision.

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Many Kansans expressed surprise at the November election outcomes for senator and governor.

The polls indicated that Greg Orman would likely defeat Senator Pat Roberts and that Democrat Paul Davis would likely defeat Governor Sam Brownback. The polls were wrong because it is difficult to poll individuals who live in the many rural towns scattered across Kansas.

The election outcome did not surprise me.

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