June 5 print edition includes a story involving the race in the 93rd
Kansas House District. The incumbent, Rep. George "Joe" Edwards
(R-Haysville) filed an objection to the candidacy of John Whitmer
(R-Wichita) challenging his residency in the district. Thursday morning
the State Objections Board denied Edwards' objection, confirming
Whitmer's candidacy. A written determination will be forthcoming in the
Following is the story from the print edition of the Haysville Sun-Times.
Edwards formally questions challenger’s residency in 93rd
By Paul Rhodes
Rep. Joe Edwards, R-Haysville, has formally questioned his challenger’s residency in the 93rd House District.
Whitmer, a Republican who plans to challenge Edwards in the August
Primary, said the concern about his residency in the 93rd District is a
“moot point.” Whitmer said he has been building a new home near 135th
and Pawnee for the past year, and has been living in the home for a
who was elected to represent the 93rd District in the Kansas House of
Representatives two years ago, said an occupancy permit for the home had
not been issued as of late last week when Whitmer filed for office.
Edwards has filed a formal objection with the Kansas Secretary of
State’s office, and he said a hearing on the residency issue has been
set for this Thursday morning.
can you live where there is not an occupancy permit issued?” asked
Edwards. Whitmer said the answer, while a little complicated, is pretty
clear: He, not the contractor working on the home, owns the property,
and an occupancy permit was not needed for he and his family to move in
to the home several weeks ago.
don’t have a lawn or a fence yet, but that’s about it,” said Whitmer.
“We’ve already closed on the house, and Joe (Edwards) has been by the
house and seen us living there.”
said he previously lived in the Riverside area of Wichita, and still
owns a home there that he plans to rent out. He works for the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society of Wichita.