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PATRICK SCHMIDT CAMPAIGN AND ALLIES SUE TO END PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING
TOPEKA, Kan. — Democratic Congressional candidate and Naval Veteran Patrick Schmidt’s campaign and allies have filed suit in Douglas County District Court to end the partisan gerrymandering that resulted in Lawrence being severed from Douglas County and the Second Congressional District and placed into the largely rural and very Republican First Congressional District. “Republicans strategically and unconstitutionally ripping Lawrence out of the Second Congressional district is tantamount to silencing the people of Lawrence and making their votes for Congress irrelevant,” Schmidt said. “It is clear that Republicans in Topeka are terrified of fair and constitutional districts,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt’s campaign has assembled one of the finest legal teams in Kansas led by Mark P. Johnson. Schmidt remarked, “Mark Johnson and Curtis Woods are veteran lawyers and skillful litigators. I am confident that our team will present the court with the arguments necessary to end partisan gerrymandering in Kansas once and for all.” Stephen McAllister is a constitutional law scholar at KU Law School and served as Solicitor General of Kansas and the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas. Mark Johnson teaches election law at KU.