Local Democrats Meet and Greet State and National Candidates
By Terry Bailey
Yesterday evening area Democrats gathered at the Beloit Chautauqua Park shelter house for a “meet and greet” opportunity. Democratic candidates seeking offices at the state and national level were on hand to discuss their candidacies. The candidates expressed thanks to Matt Otte, Mitchell County Democratic Chairperson, for helping organize the occasion that enabled them to meet voters at the grassroots level.
Those candidates traveling to Beloit for the gathering were:
Chad Taylor is the elected District Attorney for Shawnee County and is running for the office of United States Senator. Taylor demonstrated his courage by readily admitting that he grew up in and is a resident of Silver Lake, Kansas.
Opposing Taylor in the Primary election for U. S. Senate is Patrick Wiesner (wees-ner). Wiesner was born and raised in Ellis County but has a practiced law in Overland Park for a number of years.
Former Mayor of Manhattan, Ks, Jim Sherow (share-oh) was on hand to discuss his candidacy to represent Kansans from the First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Sherow has taught Kansas History at K-State University for many years.
Former Marie Corps Judge Advocate General A.J. Kotich (Ko-dige) discussed his plans for his candidacy for Kansas Attorney General. During his years as a Chief Attorney for the State of Kansas he served under seven governors.
Carmen Alldrit has served as the Harper County Treasurer for the past fifteen years and would like to take her in-the-trenches experience to Topeka and serve as the Kansas State Treasurer. Additionally, Alldrit has maintained a seat on the Harper, Kansas City Council for over twenty years.
Running for Insurance Commissioner for the State of Kansas is Dennis Anderson. A native of Smith County, Anderson grew up on the family farm in the Portis/Harlan area. His family established business years ago to train new agents in the insurance business.
Perhaps the most recognizable name on the list of visitors was Joan Wagnon, Chairperson of the Kansas Democratic Party. Wagnon was Secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue from two thousand three until her retirement in two thousand eleven. She also has the distinction of being the only female elected as the Mayor of Topeka.
Wagnon shared optimism by the Democrats across the State of Kansas as the election approaches. She cited the gridlock in Washington, D. C. and the concerns over the leadership direction in the Kansas statehouse as reasons for the optimism of the Kansas Democrats.
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