Holland picks Kultala as gubernatorial running mate

Holland and Kultala - Democratic running matesOVERLAND PARK – Pitching the team as the “pragmatic and moderate” choice, Tom Holland announced Kelly Kultala as his Democratic gubernatorial running mate on Wednesday.

Baldwin City state Sen. Holland, 48, said he planned to apply his experience in business to solving the state’s problems.

“In business, when there is a problem to solve, there isn’t a Democratic way or a Republican way, there is only the right way,” he said. That is how it should be in state government, he said.

The pair is likely to face off against Republicans U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and state Sen. Jeff Colyer of Overland Park in the November election in a race where the Democrats are generally viewed as the underdogs.

Kultala, 51, is a state senator from Kansas City, Kan., who was first elected in 2008. Before that, she worked with several non-profit groups and local government including the board of commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.. Read More »