RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH THANKS SEDGWICK COUNTY ELECTION
COMMISSIONER MARILYN CHAPMAN FOR 22 YEARS OF SERVICE

Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today thanked Marilyn Chapman for 22 years of service as the Sedgwick County election commissioner. Chapman announced that she will retire from the post as of October 31, 2003. Chapman was first appointed by Secretary of State Jack Brier on July 20, 1981. During her tenure she has worked for three secretaries of state.

“This is a tremendous loss for our elections community,” stated Thornburgh. “Marilyn has been a leader in the elections field both locally and on the national level. She led Sedgwick County in being the first county in Kansas to introduce mail ballot elections. At the national level she has been a long-time member of the Elections Center in which she served on various committees and spoke in seminars on election issues. Marilyn has been a true friend and colleague over my term in office and she will be greatly missed.”

A five member committee will be appointed by Secretary Thornburgh to fill the vacancy. The commission will review applications and make a recommendation to the secretary of state. Thornburgh hopes to have the position filled by November 1, 2003.

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