Carlin stumps for Svaty in KCK

Josh Svaty, a Democratic candidate for governor, held a campaign event on Saturday near the Eisenhower Park area in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert

Former Gov. John Carlin visited Wyandotte County on Saturday to endorse John Svaty, a Democratic candidate for governor.

“The future of Kansas is on the ballot Tuesday and in November,” former Gov. Carlin said in a speech to a group of about 27 persons outdoors at the Eisenhower Park area near North 72nd Street and Yecker Avenue. “If this doesn’t come out right, we’re screwed.”

Those attending the event had the opportunity to vote early afterward at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, which was more than 250 feet away from the rally.

Carlin asked campaign volunteers to make every contact with voters positive.

“It’s going to be close,” Carlin said. “It’s one of those elections where every vote does count.”

Svaty can win in November, Carlin said, and he can deliver in January. He said Svaty is a leader who can get things done in office.

During a speech, Svaty said those who win the primary election Aug. 7 would be starting over because the candidates have spent their money in the primary.

“It’s been a long time, since 2008, since we’ve had a statewide race or a Congressional victory for Democrats,” Svaty said. The young Democrats who want to be on a staff have no options other than leaving the state or serving as unpaid interns to legislators.

“It is time we help build the bench,” he said.

Svaty said his campaign workers, some of whom are former Gov. Carlin’s campaign team, are extremely dedicated, know the state well and worked for a governor “who got a ton of stuff done.”

Svaty said Wyandotte County holds great potential, especially eastern Wyandotte County, in the next 10 years, but it will take the right person to make sure it is done right, and make sure that everyone works toward opportunity together.

Svaty said that turning out as many voters as possible is his challenge now, and making sure people know who they are.

He said his campaign feels good about Wyandotte County, with the endorsements of Rep. Tom Burroughs, Rep. Louis Ruiz and Rep. Pam Curtis recently, and with Gov. Carlin’s endorsement.

Svaty was confident about winning and said he felt good about the votes here, in Johnson County and Wichita.

Joshua Svaty, a Democratic candidate for governor, spoke at a campaign rally Saturday at Eisenhower Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Former Gov. John Carlin addressed a campaign rally for Joshua Svaty Saturday afternoon near Eisenhower Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Former Gov. John Carlin, right, attended a campaign rally for Joshua Svaty on Saturday at Eisenhower Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
A group of people attending the Joshua Svaty rally posed for a photo after the rally. (Staff photo)
State Rep. Pam Curtis, right, who formerly worked for Gov. John Carlin, visited with him at the campaign event Saturday for Joshua Svaty. (Staff photo)
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Davids makes appearance in voter event in KCK

Sharice Davids today attended a voter turnout event at the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)


by William Crum

Sharice Davids, one of six Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, 3rd District, today participated in the “Souls to the Polls” voter turnout event at the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 7, and advance voting was taking place today.

The event included music, games and food, with rides to the polls available for those requesting them.

“My experience speaks for itself,” Davids said at the event. “I have policy development and I’ve worked with American Indian nations regarding overall policies and the federal government. This is my experience. This is why I decided to run for Congress.”

Sharice Davids, one of six Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, 3rd District, today attended a voter turnout event at 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)
Sharice Davids, a Democratic candidate for U.S. House, 3rd District, on Saturday attended a voter turnout event at the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)
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Colyer’s last-minute campaign tour stops in KCK; close election contest anticipated

Gov. Jeff Colyer placed an order for coffee this morning at Splitlog Coffee, 548 Central Ave., in one of his campaign stops across Kansas. So far, he has visited 99 counties, he said. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert

With only four days left until the Aug. 7 election, Gov. Jeff Colyer made a campaign tour stop in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday.

A recent poll reported in the Topeka Capital-Journal has placed Colyer at about a 32 percent tie with GOP challenger Kris Kobach only days before the election.

Colyer visited Splitlog Coffee at 548 Central Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and said that the polls he has seen have shown he is up by a few points over Kobach. A few days ago, Kobach said his polls showed Kobach was ahead about nine points.

“It’s very tight,” Gov. Colyer said. “This is the 99th county we’ve been in, in the last two weeks.”

He visited nine cities on Friday, and his running mate, Tracey Mann, visited 10 cities, he said.

Turnout has been “tremendous” at his events, he said. “At Lyons we had 80 people show up.”

Colyer is a conservative, and his leading challenger, Kobach, also is a conservative.

Colyer said he supports the president’s immigration efforts.

“Washington has to do its job, that’s the bottom line,” he said.

He said there are still some undecided voters, and a lot of them may be characterized as “Bob Dole Republicans,” who tend to be conservative.

“It’s about getting things done,” Gov. Colyer said. “We’re dealing with the budget issue, Standard and Poor’s increased our credit outlook for the first time in years, we put some more money into K-12 education, by stair-stepping over five years, we don’t need a tax increase and we’re going to be able to return some money in property taxes to people this year.”

Colyer supporters who showed up for the event included Colton Gibson and his family members, as well as Chiquita Coggs and Sharron Davis-Mays. People from Slap’s Barbecue across the street also came by to talk with the governor. About 20 persons attended the event.

In addition, State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., said she was there to welcome the governor to her district.

Gov. Jeff Colyer, right, shook hands with Barb Frizzell in a campaign stop Saturday morning at Splitlog Coffee in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Jim Bain of Kansas City, Kansas, left, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer Saturday morning during a campaign stop at Splitlog Coffee. (Staff photo)
Sharron Davis-Mays, left, and Chiquita Coggs, center, both of Kansas City, Kansas, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign visit Saturday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., welcomed Gov. Jeff Colyer to her district on Saturday morning. (Staff photo)
Jim Echols, left, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign stop today in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Splitlog Coffee employees posed for a picture with Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign stop Saturday. (Staff photo)
Another posed picture was taken with Gov. Jeff Colyer with Slap’s Barbecue in the background. (Staff photo)
Gov. Jeff Colyer, center, posed with Sharron Davis-Mays, left, and Chiquita Coggs, right, , both of Kansas City, Kansas, during a campaign visit Saturday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
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