New Kansas Treasurer Faces Questions on Governor's Race

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Dennis McKinney took office Monday as the new
state treasurer but faces questions about whether he'll run for

McKinney served almost six years as Kansas House minority leader
before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to fill a vacancy in
the treasurer's office.

There's speculation about whether the Democrat will seek a full
term as treasurer in 2010 or run for governor.

McKinney says he's focused on being a good treasurer.

Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson said last week that he wouldn't run for

Some Democrats had seen Parkinson as their leading candidate to
succeed Sebelius, who is term-limited.

As treasurer, McKinney is replacing Republican Lynn Jenkins, who
won a seat in Congress.

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