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Orman Collects 10,000 KS Signatures for Senate Run

Greg Orman-1500Orman speaking at an event at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)Olathe businessman Greg Orman says he has enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures. He says that number shows many Kansans are tired of the current political system.


“Kansans are looking for an option, they’re looking for an alternative. They want people who are problem solvers, not just engaged in the old partisan fighting. They want problem solvers, and I think that's the message of our campaign,” 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. No one running as an independent has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate from Kansas.

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An Olathe businessman says he has collected enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on Greg Orman’s Senate run.


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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

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