Davis campaign comes to Kansas City, Kan.


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.

Firefighter injured at KCK night club fire

A firefighter suffered an injured shoulder while fighting a fire at a night club at 508 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman, the firefighter was taken to the hospital nonemergency to be evaluated.

The fire was reported at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 31. Arriving within three minutes, fire crews reported heavy smoke coming from the roof on the north side of the building, the spokesman said.

Firefighters searched the building and found no one inside. The fire was located in the basement area, and the fire had spread in the walls, the Fire Department spokesman said.

Within 20 minutes, the fire was knocked down. Fire crews continued to hit hot spots in the basement area, according to the Fire Department.

The fire investigator responded and investigated the fire.

The Fire Department estimated the pre-fire value of the structure and contents at $1 million, the estimated loss to the structure and contents at $50,000.

There were no smoke detectors present, the Fire Department stated.

Secretary of state predicts 50 percent voter turnout

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.