Carl Brewer announces run for Governor

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The race for Governor of Kansas is now up to two.

Democrat and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer announced his running Monday morning in the lobby of the Hotel at Old Town.

He stood in front of a few dozen people and said if you liked what he did in his eight years as Mayor then you will like what he does if he becomes the state's top elected official.

"The same thing that we had here in the city of Wichita, I will apply those same things at the state level," said Brewer.

He specifically pointed to the revitalization of Wichita's Old Town, how he listened and worked with others, and how he navigated the recession without compromising public safety, infrastructure or raising property taxes.

"Our goal is to go around the entire state visiting with neighborhoods, communities and talking to leaders in those communities and finding out what the real concerns are and what are the needs of those individuals," said Brewer.

Part of his message focuses on giving Kansas schools more money.

"Education is a priority and if we're going to have a skilled workforce, we must have an educated workforce. To have an educated workforce, then we have to invest in schools."

Brewer also has planned stops Monday in Topeka and Kansas City.

Brewer is the first Democrat to enter the race.

Last week, Republican and Wichita business owner Wink Hartman announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination.

It's expected to be a crowded field to replace Governor Sam Brownback, who cannot run again due to term limits.