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Denied Kan. House hopeful launches independent bid

Published on -7/6/2012, 10:28 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Democrat who couldn't seek a Kansas House seat because his filing form was lost now hopes to run as an independent.

Larry Meeker of Lake Quivira says he'll kick off a petition drive Saturday in Shawnee. He needs signatures from 4 percent of the registered voters in the 17th House District in the Kansas City area to qualify as a candidate in the November general election.

Meeker can gather signatures until Aug. 6, the day before the state's primary election. State Rep. Brett Hildabrand, of Shawnee, and another Republican also are running for the seat.

Democrats contend the secretary of state's office lost Meeker's filing form after it was delivered on the June 11 deadline. The secretary of state's office says there was no proof it was submitted.

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