Orman campaign Treasurer resigns, endorses Laura Kelly

Orman campaign Treasurer resigns, endorses Laura Kelly

The following statement is from former Senator Tim Owens, former treasurer for the Greg Orman campaign for governor:

“Effective today, I have resigned my position as treasurer for the Orman for Kansas campaign. It is time to unite behind Senator Laura Kelly and stop Kris Kobach.

“I’ve been a friend and colleague to Greg Orman for several years. I supported his run for Senate in 2014 and I until today I supported his run for governor. However, this is a critical election for Kansas. We cannot risk the future of our state.

“This decision was very difficult for me, but I have to put Kansas first.

“Electing Kris Kobach governor is one of the worst things that could happen to our state. For those of us who lived and worked in the legislature through the dark Brownback years, we know just how damaging a return to those policies will be. And that is exactly what Kobach will do. The polarization he will bring to our state would be detrimental to the economic development of Kansas and damage our workforce.

“I worked with Laura Kelly closely in the Senate. I know her to be a strong, independent leader who always puts the people of Kansas first. Laura is the only viable candidate for governor who can win and bring people together – regardless of political party – to move our state forward. It is time for all Kansans who value good schools, affordable healthcare, a growing economy, and common sense to unite and stand with Laura Kelly.”

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Tim Owens is a former Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 8th District from 2008 to 2013. He was a representative for the 19th district in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2002 until 2008. From 1981 to 2005, he served as a council member on the Overland Park City Council.

Owens stood up to Sam Brownback, especially on the subject of judicial selection, and worked with the Traditional Republicans for Common Sense to push good public policy in Kansas.