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OFFICE CLOSINGS LEAVE REPRESENTATION GAP

November 10, 1998

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U.S. Rep. Vince Snowbarger, R-Kan., will close field offices long before Rep.-elect Dennis Moore is sworn in as the 3rd District's new congressman.

First to be vacated will be offices in Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan. Snowbarger spokesman Phil LaCerte said Monday that both would be shut down Nov. 30.

Snowbarger's congressional office in Washington, D.C., must be cleared out in accordance with House rules by Dec. 4, LaCerte said.

He said that would leave Snowbarger's office in Overland Park for constituent matters until it closed Dec. 18.

LaCerte said people in the 3rd District with complicated problems requiring federal assistance should turn to Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, both Kansas Republicans, until Moore is sworn in during January.

"In the long-term, we're asking them to call the senators," LaCerte said.

Calls to the Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan., offices will be forwarded automatically to the Overland Park headquarters from Dec. 1 to Dec. 18. Constituents will be notified when Snowbarger's staff transfers ongoing cases to other representatives.

Moore, a Lenexa Democrat, denied Snowbarger a second two-year term in the Nov. 3 elections.

Larry Jacob, a Moore campaign staff member, said Monday that Moore intended to locate field offices in Douglas, Johnson and Wyandotte counties. His district includes Miami County.

"The exact locations have not been set yet," he said.

-- Tim Carpenter's phone message number is 832-7155. His e-mail address is tcarpenter@ljworld.com.

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