Topeka An openly gay Democratic candidate for the Legislature in Wichita said Wednesday that he received a death threat in the form of a homophobic note left on his front door.
Dan Manning, a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army, said that the note scared him a bit but he wasn’t going to be intimidated.
“It put a little fear in me, but it has strengthened my resolve,” Manning said.
He said he found the letter Saturday afternoon on the door of his apartment after returning from work in Hesston where he is a production supervisor at AGCO, a farm equipment manufacturer.
“My impression is that they wanted to intimidate me,” Manning said of the person who left the note, which was made from cut-out words and letters from a newspaper.
Police are investigating the incident.
Manning faces state Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a Republican, in the Nov. 2 election. Landwehr said the only thing she knew about the incident was from Manning’s Facebook page.
“I don’t believe things like that have any place in America today,” she said of the note.
Manning said the race has been going well. He said his sexual orientation hasn’t been an issue with voters he has spoken with in his door-to-door campaigning.
“People are concerned about bringing jobs to Kansas, improving the quality of schools and the economy,” he said.