RELEASE: Democratic leaders endorse Laura Kelly for Kansas

Several democratic leaders today announced their support for Senator Laura Kelly’s campaign for governor. Carolyn Campbell, a former member of the Kansas State Board of Education, Representative Brett Parker, a teacher from Olathe, Representative Monica Murnan, an early childhood educator from Pittsburg, and Representative Eileen Horn, former sustainability officer from Lawrence, recognized Laura Kelly as the best choice for Kansas children and schools.

“I’m honored to have the support of leaders who have been advocates for our children and our public schools,” said Kelly. “Each of these folks have dedicated their career to improving our state for future generations.”

Carolyn Wims-Campbell (Topeka) served on the State Board of Education from 2008 to 2016. She was the state board’s first African-American member.

“I have worked alongside Senator Laura Kelly for years and know her to be a tough, no nonsense leader committed to improving our schools and supporting our students and staff. After years of crisis, Kansas needs Laura Kelly to set things right and rebuild our state for future generations.”

Representative Monica Murnan (Pittsburg) is currently the Director of Student Support Services at the Southeast Kansas Education Service in Greenbush. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Family Resource Center, the second largest accredited child care center in Kansas.

“Laura Kelly led the effort to expand early childhood education programs and double the number of children entering kindergarten ready to learn. It’s really not rocket science – put kids on the right path early and keep them there. It is how our families succeed and how our state succeeds. Laura is the right woman to lead Kansas at this critical time.”

Representative Brett Parker (Olathe) teaches English at Countryside Elementary School and Pioneer Trail Middle School:

“As a teacher, I know how important it is to have a partner in the governor’s office. The cuts that were made by Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer hurt our students – causing larger class sizes and fewer classroom resources. Laura Kelly and Lynn Rogers are the strong, experienced team we need to ensure our state has the best schools in the nation. Laura Kelly will be the Education Governor Kansas deserves.”

Representative Eileen Horn (Lawrence) is the former sustainability director for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence, KS. Previously, she served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Climate and Energy Project, a statewide nonprofit that advocates for clean energy solutions for Kansas.

“As a mother, I am always focused on how to make the future brighter for my kids. Electing Laura Kelly governor this fall will put our state back on the right track and open up so many opportunities to our children. She will make our children a priority again – from schools to early childhood education to healthcare to the environment. Laura Kelly will unite our state so we can thrive together.”