TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Bonner Springs woman has become the first Libertarian Party candidate to file for the 2014 Kansas governor’s race.
Tresa McAlhaney announced Wednesday that she has filed the necessary paperwork to establish her campaign. She and running mate Grant Nelson are the first team to go public about seeking to oust Republican Gov. Sam Brownback next year.
Libertarians are hoping to achieve 5 percent of the total vote in the governor’s race, a threshold that would elevate the party’s status equal to Republicans and Democrats.
Currently, minor parties can only get on the ballot by holding nominating conventions and filing candidates with the secretary of state.
Kansas State University political scientist Joe Aistrup says third parties have struggled to get 2 to 3 percent of the vote in past elections.