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First woman joins crowded 2018 race for Kansas governor


December 15, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The first woman to enter the 2018 governor's race in Kansas joined on Friday a crowded field of men seeking to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Democratic State Sen. Laura Kelly becomes the 22nd candidate to launch a campaign or appoint a treasurer. Twelve Republicans, seven Democrats and three independents are in the race.

The 67-year-old has served in the Senate since 2005, and she's viewed as a serious contender.

Kelly is the top Democrat on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is highly visible in budget and tax debates. She is a leading criti...

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