Dole, Eisenhower Join Brownback As He Files For Reelection

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) made his reelection bid official on Thursday - and he had some good company when he did.

"We've returned control of education to the local Boards of Education, administrators, teachers and parents to make decisions that are in the best interest of our children. and we've created a culture of life, we value our freedoms and hold them and our families tightly to our chest," said Brownback.

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole and Mary Eisenhower, Ike's granddaughter, joined him when he formally filed his reelection paperwork. They are serving as his campaign's co-chairs.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., was also there to turn in his bid for a second term.

Brownback will face Wichita-based businesswoman Jennifer Winn in Republican primary and, should he advance, Rep. Paul Davis (D-KS), the House Minority Leader, and the Libertarian candidate Keen Umbehr, a lawyer from Alma.

"(Brownback) made the largest cut to our schools in state history and called it a 'victory,' Kansas is 45th in the nation in new business creation, we're lagging behind our neighbors in job growth, state revenue has plummeted and the state's credit rating has been downgraded twice," Davis' camp said in a statement released afterwards. "Gov. Brownback will use his campaign as an opportunity to rewrite his record as governor, but Kansans know political spin when they hear it.

Posted by: Nick Viviani