Democratic candidate for governor expected to emerge by Labor Day

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Some prominent Kansas Democrats expect their party’s top candidate for governor to emerge by Labor Day for a challenge to Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.

The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking, of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, an Ellsworth County native.

Democrats acknowledge that their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early. In 2010, the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, was hampered by a relatively late start in February of that year.

Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker says the GOP doesn’t see Brownback as vulnerable.

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