Archive for Thursday, May 23, 1996


May 23, 1996


Former prosecutor Martin Miller on Wednesday formally announced his candidacy for Douglas County district attorney.

Miller, fired a month ago as a prosecutor in the DA's office, is running as an independent, although he's a longtime Republican. Miller has said he was fired for political reasons.

As an independent he'll avoid facing off in the Aug. 6 primary against Republican candidate Christine Kenney Tonkovich, an assistant in the DA's office.

But Miller will need the signatures of more than 1,000 registered voters to get his name on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

"I'm up for the work. I certainly could use it," Miller joked Wednesday.

Miller was an assistant in the DA's office from 1985 until he was fired April 16 by outgoing Dist. Atty. Mark Knight, who isn't running to keep the job.

Knight was appointed district attorney in 1994 by members of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, which named a successor to Republican Jerry Wells, who left office and took a job with the Koch Crime Commission.

Knight has endorsed Tonkovich, and Miller has claimed he was fired because some members of the DA's office didn't want him to run against Tonkovich. Knight has denied that Miller's firing had anything to do with politics.

Two Democrats, Jim Rumsey, a private attorney in Lawrence, and Jefferson County Attorney Dan Owen, will face off in the Aug. 6 primary.

The filing deadline for office is noon June 10.

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