A local man has joined the federal law suit over the Kansas Legislature’s failure to redraw the state’s political boundaries.
Frank Beer of Manhattan joined eight others, including Minority Leader Paul Davis and Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Tim Owens, a moderate Overland Park Republican, in filing a request for permission to intervene in U.S. District Court.
Gov. Sam Brownback said on Saturday that he, too, is considering getting involved.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by Robyn Renee Essex, a Republican precinct committee member from Olathe. The defendant is Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Interested parties have until Monday to file such requests. Three federal judges plan to begin a hearing on the lawsuit May 29.
Beer, who manages the Manhattan Radio Shack store, ran for the Kansas House seat now held by Tom Phillips when Susan Mosier resigned.