I’m not an expert on how to run electoral campaigns, however, in some areas, it is simply common sense to take prudent measures before announcing to run for any public office. I’m afraid in this case, common sense has left a political candidate’s brain when he announced his candidacy for a local public office. Like putting down a home address that is same as a registered sex offender’s.
Chris Haulmark, a Democrat, is running for a Kansas State House seat in District 15. He ran unopposed and won the primary election last Tuesday. He is going up against a Republican, John Toplikar, who also ran unopposed. Erin Davis, a Republican currently holding the seat, announced few months ago that she would not run for re-election due to her role in Cerner Corp. as a paid lobbyist while in legislature, which is a big no-no according to Kansas law.
Haulmark previously campaigned for a congressional seat in 3rd District but switched in March to run for the state seat.
When Haulmark filed for candidacy in District 15, he put down his home address, which can be seen here.
Nothing unusual here, right? After all, it’s his home address! Except for one tiny problem. Would you be comfortable living with a registered sex offender? Moreover, would you be comfortable running for a local public office knowing that a registered sex offender is living at the same address as yours? Is that someone would call a smart move on Haulmark’s part?