An e-mail making the rounds from a prominent backer of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis names Wichita financial planner Jill Docking (in photo) as his running mate, according to the Kansas City Star. Docking, who ran against Sam Brownback in 1996 for the U.S. Senate and formerly chaired the Kansas Board of Regents, told The Eagle editorial board via e-mail Thursday: “I have a determined commitment to this race. My focus right now is supporting Paul Davis for governor. I plan to work as hard as I can to deny Sam Brownback a second term.” If she sought the lieutenant governor spot, it would give Davis, the Lawrence Democrat who is House minority leader, the benefit of the association with two of the biggest families in Kansas political history. Docking is married to former Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, whose father, Robert, and grandfather George both served as governor, and Davis’ campaign treasurer is William A. Kassebaum, a Republican and former state legislator who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker and the grandson of former Gov. Alf Landon.
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