Hutton Construction founder ends bid for Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) Former Kansas representative and founder of Hutton construction, Mark Hutton says he is leaving the race for Kansas governor.

Hutton is one of at least eight Republicans who have been seeking the party's nomination in the 2018 race.

He released the following statement on Friday:

“Mary and I are forever grateful for the support we’ve had on this journey over the last six months. It’s been an honor to travel to all corners of Kansas to hear the concerns and ideas for solutions that Kansans have for fixing the problems in our state government. I believe the solutions to our state’s challenges lie in its people, not its politicians, and I am confident that the great people of Kansas will be what carries us all forward. Mary and I look forward to the next chapter in our lives and are confident that will include serving the people of Kansas in some small way.”

Other Republicans, including Wink Hartman and Ed O'Malley, have also suspended their campaigns.

Seven other Republicans continue to vie for the nomination including current Gov. Jeff Colyer, current Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former state senator Jim Barnett, insurance commissioner Ken Selzer and three high school students, Tyler Ruzich, Dominic Scavuzzo and Joseph Tutera, Jr.