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Statehouse Live: Republican Party candidate in State Board of Education race bows out

June 15, 2010

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— The Republican Party candidate for the District 1 State Board of Education position has dropped out of the race.

Dawn Weston, of Leavenworth, said Tuesday she had to drop out because federal law doesn’t allow federal employees to run in partisan elections. She is a civilian employee at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Weston said she jumped in the race at the last minute thinking that because she was seeking a state office she would be allowed to run. But Weston said that she was told by the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s office that she couldn’t hold her job and run in the election. “It’s disappointing,” she said.

Weston’s name, however, will still be on the Aug. 3 Republican Party primary ballot because the deadline to remove a name has passed, according to Abbie Hodgson, public information officer with the Kansas secretary of state’s office. There are no other Republican candidates in that primary.

If Weston submits a letter to remove her name from the November general election ballot, then Republican Party officials from that district can pick another candidate for the general election, Hodgson said.

The incumbent, Democrat Janet Waugh of Kansas City, has served on the education board since 1999, and is seeking re-election. “I must proceed as if i have an opponent,” Waugh said.

The district extends into eastern Douglas County and northeast Lawrence.

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