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Field in D.A.’s race grows to 3

April 25, 2004

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Eudora city prosecutor Charles Branson will officially announce his candidacy Tuesday for Douglas County district attorney.

In a news release Saturday, Branson said he would unveil specifics for a campaign platform of "innovation and creativity" designed to protect public safety, promote crime-free neighborhoods and defend families and businesses.

Branson will run as a Democrat. Incumbent Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney, a Republican, has said she would run for re-election. Lawrence attorney Martin Miller has said he also intended to run as a Democrat.

Branson, who opened his Lawrence law office in 1996, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and law degree from Kansas University. He has been Eudora's prosecutor for a little more than two years. It is a part-time post.

Branson promised he would be a visible district attorney and make himself available to meet with citizens. "I will listen," he said.

Branson and his wife, Kathy, a math teacher at West Junior High School, and their two children, Chance and Grace, live in Lawrence.

Branson will announce his candidacy and conduct a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the west entrance to the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

The Democratic primary election is Aug. 3, with the general election Nov. 2.

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