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Former House speaker files for governor’s race

June 10, 2006

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— Former Speaker of the Kansas House Robin Jennison, R-Healy, officially filed on Friday to seek his party's nomination for governor.

Jennison said he was running "because Kansas can do better than we have in the past four years" and that he and his running mate, Sen. Dennis Wilson, R-Overland Park, have the experience to fix government.

"We have a broken school finance formula that needs to be fixed. We have a nonexistent economic development policy. We have a judicial system that is encroaching on the power of the Legislature," Jennison said.

Jennison served in the House from 1991 to 2001. He also has started Kansas Outdoors, an outdoor recreation and tourism company. Wilson owns and operates car dealerships in the Kansas City area and is a former Johnson County treasurer.

For the nomination, Jennison will face other major candidates Sen. Jim Barnett, of Emporia, and Ken Canfield, of Overland Park, a founder of a center on fathering. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, will face the winner in November.

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