TOPEKA – Saying that state Sen. Tom Holland would carry on Kansas’ tradition of moderate governors, Gov. Mark Parkinson endorsed the Democratic candidate Thursday as his successor.
“These are two people that don’t just talk about getting things done, they have a record of getting things done,” said Parkinson at the announcement on the Capitol’s south lawn.
Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, is running with Kansas City, Kan. Sen. Kelly Kultala. They will likely face off against Republicans U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and state Sen. Jeff Colyer in the November election.
Parkinson said that although the Democratic candidates have a hard fight ahead of them, the race is winnable. They would continue the “moderate and pragmatic” approach to the state’s top executive seat that Parkinson said he had taken.
Democrats have been casting their ticket as the bi-partisan and moderate option and Brownback as a career politician who has been part of the problem in Washington D.C.
“My opponent sits on the far fringe of his party,” Holland said.
Parkinson said that voting for the Democratic ticket in November would help continue Kansas’ economic recovery.
Parkinson and Holland also were scheduled to appear in Wichita at 2 p.m. at the All Occasions Events Center, 4940 E. 21st.