Kansas City Star: Keen Umbehr is Running for Kansas Governor as Libertarian on Tax Issues, Government Transparency


(The following was originally published in The Kansas City Star.)

The Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor transformed himself from trash collector to crusading ATTORNEY after battling for his own right to free speech before the U.S. Supreme Court, a case he won.

He’s hoping he can defy the odds again and pull off a victory in November against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

Keen Umbehr had a trash-hauling contract with Wabaunsee County, but the county commissioners terminated his contract after he criticized them in the local newspaper. Umbehr filed suit, eventually winning a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said private contractors working for the government are entitled to the same free speech rights as government employees.

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