Wichita Democrat plans to run for governor

A Wichitan says he plans to run for governor as a Democrat.

Marty Mork, 46, is disabled and living on Social Security. He has not held public office before, though he ran for Congress in 2006 and 2004 and for Wichita mayor in 2003.

But he’s got a catchy eco-devo promise: If elected, Mork promises to work to bring a Disney theme park to Kansas.

“I believe maybe as governor we could convince Disney to bring a park here,” he said. “I believe it would be beneficial to the people of the Midwest.”

Mork describes himself as anti-abortion and supportive of gun rights. He said he thinks the government spends too much and restricts too many liberties. He also thinks marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Mork joins Herbert West III in the Democratic fray. West, a disabled paramedic and resident of Paola, ran unsuccessfully for Miami County sheriff in 2008.

Major candidates have so far eluded the Dems. Gov. Mark Parkinson insists he’s not running. Party Chairman Larry Gates opted out. And biotech guru Tom Wiggans — who moved back to Kansas a year ago — was in the race for a few weeks before backing out. State Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, says he is thinking about the race.