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House Democratic Minority Leader Paul Davis has announced his candidacy for governor.
Davis is expected to challenge incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, in the November 2014 election.
Davis has served in the Legislature since 2003. He represents the 46th District, in Lawrence. He is an attorney and partner with Fagan Emert and Davis. He, his wife and daughter live in Lawrence.
In a news release, Davis said he works across party lines and builds moderate coalitions to support Kansas schools and families.
“We’re a state with deep traditions and unique values. As Kansans, we believe we have a moral obligation to educate our children, reward hard work, build a strong middle class, and cooperate with one another,” Davis said. “These values are what make us Kansans. And they’re exactly why I’m running for governor.”
He cited cuts to public education as one of his main issues.
“Like so many of you, I’m profoundly troubled by the direction our state’s been heading over the past three years,” Davis said in the news release. “Education funding gets cut and our state’s commitment to our kids and schools slips away.”
Davis said is also concerned that higher property and sales taxes - as well as skyrocketing utility rates - are placing a heavy, unfair burden on Kansas workers, families, and seniors, according to the news release.
His candidacy announcement came about a year and eight weeks before the general election Nov. 4, 2014. The filing deadline is June 2, 2014.