An Olathe businessman says he has collected enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Greg Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures, including people from all 105 Kansas counties. He says that number shows many Kansans are looking for something different in a candidate.
“That’s really validated what we thought from the beginning, which is Kansans are sick and tired of the partisanship, they're sick and tired of elected officials who are only interested in getting reelected, not interested in solving problems,” says Orman.
Orman says he will submit the signatures this week.
The Kansas secretary of state's office will need to verify that at least 5,000 of them are valid and from registered Kansas voters. No one running as an independent has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate from Kansas.
Also running for the seat are four Republican candidates, two Democrats and a Libertarian. The candidates for the Senate seat include:
- Republican Pat Roberts
- Republican Milton Wolf
- Republican D.J. Smith
- Republican Alvin E. Zahnter
- Libertarian Randall Batson
- Democrat Patrick Wiesner
- Democrat Chad Taylor