In the wake of Johnson County District Court Judge David Hauber’s decision to have David Morrison removed from his office as a Prairie Village City Councilor, Morrison says he’s examining options that could return him back to his post.
“I still haven’t had time to study the ruling,” Morrison said Sunday. “I will be looking at the ruling and talking to my attorneys about the possibility of appeal and if that’s something we’d want to pursue.”
But appeal isn’t the only – or even the most likely — path that could bring Morrison back to public office.
The District Attorney’s successful case to oust Morrison – prompted by a unanimous resolution from Morrison’s council peers to kick him off the council — was the first of its kind in at least a quarter century. But because nothing in city or county election law prevents an ousted official from running for public office again, Morrison could file to run for the other Ward 5 council seat in 2014.
“I would consider running again,” Morrison said. “I’ve already been encouraged by many people to do that.”
And such an effort is likely to come without the hurdle of having to beat out an incumbent: Charles Clark, the popular Ward 5 Councilor who has represented the area since 2006, has indicated to civic leaders he won’t be seeking a third term.
Morrison ran unopposed for his second term in spring 2012, garnering 194 votes against 20 write ins for other candidates. As a point of reference, two other Prairie Village Councilors ran unopposed for their seats in the same election: Ward 2’s Ruth Hopkins got 103 votes against five write ins, and Ward 3’s Andrew Wang got 96 votes against two write ins.
Morrison said he is pondering a run for the seat next year because he “didn’t think what I did rose to the level of ouster.”
“I was disappointed [by the ruling],” he said Sunday. “I hoped it would go the other direction.”