A former Kansas legislator who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006 is running for the office again. Former state Sen. Jim Barnett made a stop in Salina on Tuesday as part of a statewide tour announcing his candidacy for governor.
Barnett is appealing to Republican voters who are upset with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and his now-ended tax-cutting experiment. He said he’d put up a sign over Interstate 70 saying that Kansas is a proud agriculture state, and he’d also put up a sign declaring Governor Brownback’s tax experiment to be over.
While speaking at the Salina Aiport Barnett said that as a doctor he diagnoses and treats patients on a daily basis. He would bring that same mentality to the governor’s office in Topeka, to diagnose and to treat.
Barnett said that he would like to unify the legislature, working with both sides for “one Kansas.” His campaign theme is #OneKansas.
Barnett was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006, but lost to then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius in the general election.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Wichita businessman Wink Hartman previously announced their bids for the Republican nomination for governor next year.