UPDATED: Clayton announces switch to Democratic Party


(Updated to reflect district voting trends; reaction from House speaker.)

State Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park announced Wednesday morning she is switching parties to become a Democrat.

"I have been a proud Republican my entire life," Clayton said in an announcement emailed out after 8 a.m.

"Johnson County is the economic engine of the state, and the fuel for that engine is our education system," Clayton said in a statement.

"I believe that I can better serve my constituents, and support education as a member of the Democratic Party."

In her statement, Clayton said that recent developments signaling . . .


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