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GOP SETS DATE TO SELECT NEW DA

May 25, 1991

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A meeting of Republicans to select a new Douglas County district attorney has been scheduled for June 5.

GOP Chairman Chris Miller said Friday that the central committee convention will start 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr., to select a successor to Dist. Atty. Jim Flory.

Flory announced Tuesday that he was resigning effective June 17 to become an assistant U.S. attorney.

Miller said Friday he was sending notices about the meeting to the party's 67 precinct committee men and women.

UNDER KANSAS law, the political party of a person who leaves public office in mid-term is responsible for picking that person's successor.

Statutes say the successor will be chosen in a secret ballot vote. Election results will be sent to Gov. Joan Finney, who then must formally appoint the person selected by the committee within seven days.

Miller said Friday he knew of only two local attorneys Jerry Wells, an assistant district attorney in Flory's office, and James Rumsey, a Lawrence attorney who are interested in the job.

The day Flory resigned, Wells and two other assistant district attorneys voiced interest in the job. Also that day, Rumsey changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so he would be eligible for consideration.

ON WEDNESDAY, assistants Frank Diehl and Rick Trapp pulled out of the running and threw their support to Wells. All three men have been assistants since 1985, when Flory took office.

Rumsey announced Wednesday that he was interested.

Flory, who was elected district attorney in 1984 and was re-elected in 1988 when he ran unopposed, will be assigned to the financial fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas City, Kan.

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