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Bonner Springs woman seeking Libertarian nomination for governor

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 9:55 a.m.

A Bonner Springs woman has announced she is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination as candidate for the Kansas gubernatorial race in 2014.

Tresa McAlhaney, 33, recently filed paperwork with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office that registers her campaign account with the state, Kay Curtis, a spokeswoman for the office, said Wednesday.

In a news release, McAlhaney said she is “passionate about preserving Kansas farming lands and heritage, keeping farmers in secure and profitable business.”

To be on the November 2014 ballot, McAlhaney must be nominated by the Libertarian Party’s state convention in April. Statewide primaries in Kansas are held only for the Democratic and Republican parties.

Grant Nelson, 55, chairman of the Libertarian Party in Johnson County, is her running mate, seeking nomination for lieutenant governor.

McAlhaney is a stay-at-home mother with four children, ages 6 months to 7 years. Her husband, Michael McAlhnaey, is an Iraq War veteran as an Army medic who works at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth.

A 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School, she attended Johnson County Community College.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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