RELEASE: Six former legislators endorse Laura Kelly for governor

A group of former democratic legislators today announced their support of Senator Laura Kelly for governor. Former State Senators Kelly Kultala and Marge Petty and former State Representatives Julie Menghini, Ann Mah, Judy Loganbill, and Annie Tietze agree Kelly is the right person to lead Kansas.

“I’m humbled to have the support of these strong women who worked hard on behalf of Kansas families,” said Kelly. “They served their communities and made a difference in the opportunities available to our children.”

These endorsements continue the campaign’s recognition of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, the campaign is recognizing Kansas woman who have left their mark on their communities and made life better for Kansans.

Former State Senator Kelly Kultala represented the 5th Senate District from 2008 to 2012. She also served on the Piper School Board and was the 5th District commissioner to Wyandotte County/Kansas City government. She was also selected by state Sen. Tom Holland to be his running mate in the 2010 Kansas gubernatorial election.

“There are so many challenges facing Kansas,” said Kultala. “I worked with Laura on the Senate budget committee and know that she is the right person to get our state back on sound fiscal footing so we can invest in our shared priorities – like our schools and roads.”

Former State Senator Marge Petty represented the 18th Senate District from 1988 to 2000. She also served as a director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“After seven years under Sam Brownback, Kansans deserve a governor who will put Kansas families first,” said Petty. “Laura Kelly has built a strong reputation as someone willing and able to work with anyone to deliver results for the people of Kansas.”

Former Rep. Julie Menghini represented the 3rd House District for four terms. She now works for the Pittsburg school district.

“My firsthand experience in our schools has shown me the devastating impact these past seven have had on our students, classrooms, and teachers,” said Menghini. “I’m confident that Laura Kelly will once again make our public schools a priority and invest in our children.”

Former Rep. Ann Mah now serves on the State Board of Education representing schools in Northeast Kansas. In the Legislature, she represented the 53rd district from 2005 to 2013.

“Our schools need a governor committed to our children’s future and focused on making our schools the best they can be,” said Mah. “Laura’s lifelong mission has been to do right by our kids and make sure they have the opportunity to succeed – no matter where in the state they live.”

Former Rep. Judith Loganbill represented the 86th House District from 2001 to 2012. She is currently active with the League of Women Voters in the Wichita Metro area.

“Kansas doesn’t need another politician focused on his or her own personal political agenda,” said Loganbill. “Laura is a dedicated public servant committed to working on behalf of our state to reverse the damage done by Sam Brownback, Jeff Colyer and Kris Kobach.”

Former Rep. Annie Tietze served in the House from 2007 to 2016. She is a retired teacher who taught public school for 30 years. She currently serves on the Doorstep, Inc. Board, the League of Women Voters, her church Leadership committee, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

“I’m proud to support Laura Kelly for governor,” said Tietze. “She is a tough, independent problem solver who will bring Kansans together and move our state forward.”