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Candidate for sheriff moves out of Kansas

Jefferson County ballot won’t exclude his name

October 18, 2000

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— The young, Democratic candidate for the sheriff's race in Jefferson County has moved out of state.

Jefferson County Clerk Linda Buttron said Tuesday she heard Gary Bledsoe II, 23, has moved to Nebraska. Bledsoe is running against incumbent Sheriff Roy Dunnaway, a Perry Republican. She said Bledsoe's name still will appear on ballots for the Nov. 7 election.

"His name cannot be removed from the ballot once the filing deadline passes."

Jefferson County Clerk Linda Buttron

"His name cannot be removed from the ballot once the filing deadline passes," she said.

According to Bledsoe's father, Gary Bledsoe, his son received a managerial promotion with Southwestern Bell and transferred to Lincoln, Neb., about two weeks ago. Previously, he had worked for the company selling telephone service from a booth at Sam's Club in Topeka. Bledsoe himself could not be reached for comment.

Buttron said she has not received official notice from Bledsoe of his move, but it wouldn't make a difference. It's too late to withdraw from the race, she said, and advance voting starts today.

Brad Bryant of the Kansas Secretary of State's Office said candidates must live at the address given when they registered to vote or intend to return in a short while to the address given.

"If he registers in Nebraska, (the county) would have evidence he's not a qualified elector," Bryant said.

If Bledsoe were elected, Bryant said, a legal opinion probably would be needed to see if he were eligible to hold the office. If Bledsoe wins, the victory could be contested in District Court.

"If a person won the election and if they were ineligible to hold such office, it would be up to the court to decide that," Bryant said.

Buttron said she couldn't recall when a candidate running for office had moved out of state.

Dunnaway, Bledsoe's opponent, has served as the county's sheriff since 1983.

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