Candidates for Governor participate in public forum

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas voters had a chance to hear from some of the candidates for Governor.

Many who attended the forum said because there are so many vying for the nomination, they wanted to hear where each stood on the major issues.

“You can’t just look at a D or an R and say I’m going to vote for that candidate,” explained voter Jackson Woods.

12 of the candidates running for Governor, in all parties and as independents took the stage Friday afternoon during the Kansas Press Associations Candidate Forum. Each of them outlined out their plans for the top seat in the state giving voters a chance to hear from them directly.

“A lot of candidates this year, and we decided it was important to invite them out to introduce themselves,” said Doug Anstaett, Executive Director of the Kansas Press Association.

Before the forum, candidates also met with those in attendance one–on-one to answer questions. Some of the big topics included school funding, the budget, taxes, and transparency.

“I think a lot of candidates have stepped forward because they see some things they can do to make Kansas government more open,” Anstaett explained.

Those in attendance say this is the first step to making an educated decision before they head to the polls in August.

“It’s because it’s our future, and I say this no matter what our age. It’s our future, so we do have a voice and can make that voice heard by voting,” said Carrie Lancaster, a member of the League of Women Voters.

The Kansas Press Association said it was disappointed several of the top republican candidates didn’t attend, including Governor Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, business man Wink Hartman, former state Representative Mark Hutton and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.

In attendance on the republican ticket were former state senator Jim Barnett and high school students Ethan Randleas, Tyler Ruzich, Dominic Scavuzzo, Joseph Tutera Jr.

On the Democratic ticket, former state representative Josh Svaty, House Minority Leader Jim Ward, Senator Laura Kelly, salesman Robert Klingenberg, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and High School student Jack Bergeson.

Independents included Rick Kloos and for the Libertarians, Ethan Randleas.