Swanson to face Libertarian foe in 64th

By Katherine Wartell

An area Republican incumbent previously believed to be unopposed for re-election to the Kansas Legislature will have an opponent after all.

Officials in the Secretary of State’s office have confirmed that Philip “Skip” Breitmeyer, a libertarian from Riley, will appear on the 64th House District November general election ballot against Vern Swanson, a three-term incumbent from Clay County.

Brad Bryant said the office received Breitmeyer’s certificate of nomination from the Libertarian Party in Kansas in June. His candidacy apparently was overlooked because a full list of third-party candidates was not available concurrent with the posting of names of major party candidates for the August primary election. That list was posted shortly after the filing deadline in early June. No Democrat filed against Swanson, who was unopposed in he Republican primary.

Bryant said Breitmeyer might have been overlooked because he is running on a third party platform.

The 64th District, following redistricting, includes almost all of Clay County, including Clay Center, as well as northern, western and southwestern Riley County. That takes in the communities of Riley, Randolph, Leonardville and Ogden.

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