TOPEKA, KS – Congresswoman Nancy Boyda (Kansas Second District) today delivered petitions signed by 2,986 Kansans to the Kansas Secretary of State's office – over 500 more signatures than needed to file for re-election to the United States Congress.
Only 2,441 signatures were required to qualify Congresswoman Boyda for the ballot.
The petition process allows a candidate for Congress to bypass the usual $1,672 filing fee by demonstrating enormous grassroots support. According to the Secretary of State's office, it is highly unusual for a federal candidate to file by petition in Kansas. The last candidate to successfully do so was Congresswoman Boyda in her 2004 campaign for office.
"It's humbling and a true honor to have the support of so many thousands of Kansans," Congresswoman Boyda said. "Of course, the campaign season is still months away. Congress has a great deal of work to do between now and Election Day, and my focus remains on representing Kansas to the best of my ability."
Congresswoman Boyda will formally announce her candidacy for re-election at a public event later this year.
This is the second time Boyda has filed by petition- the first time was in 2004 when she first ran for Congress. At the time, the Secretary of State was unsure when the last federal candidate in Kansas had filed via a petition drive.It was historic then, and it's historic now- and a very real indication of her on-the-ground support.