Sen. Laura Kelly wins Democratic bid for Kansas governor

Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 4:11 PM CDT
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A veteran Kansas legislator has won the Democratic primary for governor after stressing her Statehouse experience and fending off questions about her voting record.

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State Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka defeated former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty and two other candidates Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Kelly has served 14 years in the Senate and is the top Democrat on the budget committee. She stressed those credentials in running and suggested that she was best able to fix problems created by Republican policies.

She faced criticism from Svaty and Brewer for votes she made in representing a GOP-leaning district for looser gun laws and for some of the nation's toughest voter identification requirements.

But she also had the backing of former two-term Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.


Come November, the field will be less crowded when you cast your vote for the candidate you think should become Kansas' next governor. To narrow the field in the Nov. 6 midterm election that will have major implications in the Statehouse and the White House, we have tomorrow's Primary elections.

Ahead of the Primary elections, 12 names (five Democrats an seven Republicans) hope to move on to November's general election and into the governor's mansion in January 2019. The Democratic candidates include state senator Laura Kelly, former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer, former state representative and Kansas agriculture secretary Josh Svaty, high school student Jack Bergson and doctor/former teacher Arden Anderson.

Further information on each candidate and their platforms::

During a July 11 forum hosted by KWCH, the five Democratic candidates shared similar stances on topics related to school funding, protecting pubic schools and marijuana legalization. One

during the forum was on the topic of abortion. The contention dealt with the past voting record of one candidate, but all five said they support the rights of women to make their own health-care decisions.

Re-watch the July 11 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum in its entirety in the following links:

Polls Tuesday open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you plan to vote, but aren't sure where you need to go, click the link here: