A newly formed political organization of social workers in Kansas has endorsed Democrat John Carlin in the 1990 race for governor.
PACE, which stands for Political Action for Candidate Election, announced the endorsement, the group's first, this week.
PACE was formed out of the political action arm of the National Association of Social Workers in Kansas last month. Membership comes from 3,500 social workers across the state.
Forrest Swall, an assistant professor of social welfare at Kansas University and chairman of PACE, said the group feels Carlin's positions reveal a deep concern for Kansas citizens.
"John Carlin places a high priority on economic development which includes the importance of education and social programs," he said.
Swall said Carlin is informed and responsive in virtually every area of social welfare. He said no other candidate of either party matches his leadership possibilities in addressing the social welfare needs of the citizens of Kansas.
Carlin faces Topeka minister Fred Phelps and state Treasurer Joan Finney in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.
Annamae Alstedt of Wichita, president of the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said Carlin will provide needed leadership in addressing the social welfare needs of Kansas citizens.
"He has a grasp of the issues," she said. "He demonstrates a compassion for children, persons who are disabled, and the elderly."
In a press release, Swall said PACE also will endorse candidates in some Kansas legislative contests. In addition, he said a political action committee will recommend congressional and senatorial candidates to the national PACE organization.