The first contest in the race to be the next governor of Kansas is weeks away, but the Libertarian contest is off most people’s radar.
Two candidates, Keen Umbehr and Tresa McAlhaney, will face off in Wichita on April 26 at the state convention. At that time, about 150 registered Libertarians will pick a nominee for governor reported the Wichita Eagle.
Contested nominations for Republicans or Democrats are decided by secret ballot, but Libertarians are not classified as a major party under Kansas law. They are prohibited from picking their candidate by election.
Some Libertarians are upset at the unequal treatment. Access to the primary ballot, they say, would bring the candidates and the party more publicity this summer, increasing their chances for a good showing in November.
The rest of the story by Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star can be found here.