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Paul Davis, right, Democratic candidate for governor, spoke at a coffee Friday morning at 14th and Central Avenue.  (Photo by William Crum)
Paul Davis, right, Democratic candidate for governor, spoke at a coffee Friday morning at 14th and Central Avenue. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum
Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, came by the CHWC office Friday near 14th and Central in Kansas City, Kan., to meet local residents.

Every Friday a group of people from all walks of life get together for morning coffee at CHWC. At this coffee you don’t know who will show up, including local politicians and former mayors of the community. Davis came by to talk about the gubernatorial race in Kansas.

At the coffee he spoke about his emphasis on education and his plans regarding bringing new businesses to the state.

“I have a grassroots campaign, I really want to encourage education within the state,” he said. “I also plan to try to bring new businesses back to Kansas. My opponent, Gov. Sam Brownback, has while in office decreased spending on education and on top of that we as a state have lost a lot of businesses. In fact, according to recent statistics, Kansas is rated No. 45 regarding new business development in the state. I plan to turn that around, I can work with Democrats or Republicans, my track record shows that,” Davis said.

Former Mayor Joe Reardon, attending the event, said that this coming Saturday there will be a major campaign to encourage people to get out and vote. The event will be at the parking lot behind the Brotherhood Bank Building at 10th and Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

Also at the meeting was former Mayor Carol Marinovich.

“We need to encourage education within the state of Kansas, that should be priority one and Paul Davis is definitely the man to do it,” Marinovich said. “We also need to encourage people to get out and vote.”

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. Advance voting has already started at the Election Office at 950 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

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Don’t let this Halloween be a trick-or-treat snacktastrophe. Try these tips from the American Heart Association to make your Halloween festivities fun, safe and healthy for you and your family:

• Eat first. Have a healthy meal before you go trick-or-treating to reduce temptation to snack while walking,

• Get moving. Make trick-or-treating a workout. Set a goal of how many houses you will walk to or wear pedometers and have healthy prizes for the person who has the most steps.

• Be that house. Think about a healthier version of treats to give out at your house: Mini boxes of raisins, 100 percent juice juice-boxes, snack-sized pretzels, pre-packaged trail mixes, pre-packaged dried fruits, crayons, stickers, silly bands, tooth brushes, bubbles, plastic spiders, or coupons to local frozen yogurt stores.

• Bag it. Find the right-sized collection bag for your child. Steer clear of the pillowcase method.

Follow these suggestions to have a healthy post-Halloween:

• Avoid the urge to buy on-sale candy in the grocery stores after Halloween. The decision not to buy something once is a lot easier than saying no every time you walk by the candy jar .

• Pick out enough candy for one piece a day for five days and put those in the fridge. When your child asks for a piece of candy, make sure to pair it with a healthy snack like a an apple, a banana or some healthy nuts.

• “Buy back” the candy from your child with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity like a day at the zoo or an ice skating adventure.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has predicted a voter turnout of 50 percent in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Kansas.

“We expect this year to look much like 2010 in terms of voter turnout,” Kobach said.

In 2010, the ballots cast by registered voters totaled 856,631, or 50 percent of the voters.

That compared to 52 percent in 2006; 53 percent in 2002; and 50 percent in 1998.