Alma man to run as Libertarian in governor race

By The Mercury

An Alma man said Thursday he will seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor in 2014.

Keen A. Umbehr filed his candidacy with the Kansas Secretary of State.

In doing so, Umbehr said his top priorities would be accountability and transparency at all levels of state government.

“The pathway to better government is more open government,” Umbehr said.

In addition, Umbehr said he would advocate for a revised income tax plan that establishes a single tax rate for all income levels.

“The cost of providing government services should be shared equally amongst all Kansas citizens,” Umbehr stated.

He said he believes the current income tax code “fails to comply with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.”

Umbehr has spent the past 25 years engaging in governmental oversight – first as a trashman in Wabaunsee County and then as an attorney in private practice.

After selling his trash-collection business in 1999, Umbehr returned to college at the age of 40, attending Kansas State University.

He earned a law degree from Washburn University School of Law and opened his private practice in Topeka in 2005.

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