Former Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party Joan Wagnon endorses Senator Laura Kelly for governor

Joan Wagnon, former chair of the Kansas Democratic Party, today endorsed Senator Laura Kelly for governor.

“I’m honored to have the support of Joan Wagnon – a woman who has been a dedicated public servant for more than 30 years,” said Kelly. “Joan has been involved at the local and state level making Kansas a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

The endorsement continues the campaign’s recognition of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, the campaign is recognizing Kansas women who have left their mark on our state and made life better for Kansans.

Joan Wagnon has been serving Kansas for more than thirty years. She served as a state representative from 1983 to 1995. She was the first woman to be elected mayor of Topeka, serving from 1997 to 2001. Wagnon then went on to be the Secretary of Revenue from 2003 to 2011 during the Sebelius and Parkinson Administrations. She served as the chair of the Kansas Democratic Party from 2011 to 2015. Wagnon was also active in the bi-partisan group Reroute the Roadmap that educated voters and stood up to Sam Brownback.

Read Joan Wagnon’s full statement below:

During my time in public service, I’ve been privileged to work with strong, smart women from across the political spectrum. I’m proud today to endorse the one woman who can move our state past the Brownback experiment and rebuild Kansas: Laura Kelly.

Laura spent the last seven years in the Legislature fighting for teachers and taxpayers, seniors and students who suffered under the damaging policies of the Brownback-Colyer Administration. She has witnessed first-hand the problems that were created by their failed tax plan and she is uniquely qualified to fix them.

After seven years of crisis and turmoil, Kansas needs a steady hand and a strong leader to get us back on track. Throughout her career, Laura has demonstrated her skill as a no-nonsense problem solver and consensus builder. Laura Kelly has the strength, knowledge, and ability to get to work on day one and deliver results for the families of Kansas. I know she can do it! I’ve seen her in action.