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State Sen. Tom Holland, who represents part of Lawrence, to announce candidacy for governor

42nd District state Rep. Connie O'Brien and State Sen. Tom Holland speak at a January 2009 legislature update event hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 in Tonganoxie.

42nd District state Rep. Connie O'Brien and State Sen. Tom Holland speak at a January 2009 legislature update event hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 in Tonganoxie.

February 16, 2010, 6:25 p.m. Updated February 16, 2010, 6:58 p.m.


State Sen. Tom Holland, who represents part of Lawrence, to announce candidacy for governor

State Sen. Tom Holland, a Democrat representing Lawrence and eastern Douglas County, as well as Jefferson and Leavenworth counties, will announce Wednesday that he intends to run for governor this year. Enlarge video

— Last month, state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, said he was thinking of running for governor.

Wednesday, Holland makes it official with a 1 p.m. news conference.

The site of the news conference is set for the intersection of 11th and Garfield in Topeka, which is where Lowman Hill Elementary School is located. According to a news release, Holland’s family and supporters will be at the event.

Holland, 48, will face an uphill climb against the well-financed and presumed Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

Asked about his chances last month, Holland said, “If I made a decision to run, it will definitely be to win.”

Holland’s entrance into the campaign follows decisions by better-known Democrats to skip the likely contest against Brownback in the November election.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, who came into office when former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was selected to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, decided not to run for election. Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates also considered running but took himself out of contention. Retired businessman Tom Wiggans, who only recently moved to Kansas, jumped into the race with Gates’ blessing, but then bowed out after news reports about a legal settlement involving his drug company raised questions.

Holland has a history of being a hard-working campaigner and has defeated two Republican incumbents in his career, a rare accomplishment in GOP-rich Kansas.

In 2008, Holland defeated incumbent Republican Roger Pine for the state Senate seat. In 2002, he defeated incumbent Republican Ralph Tanner for a House seat.

In a news release, Kenny Johnston, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, said of Holland, “Tom is a problem solver who has a record of bringing people together.”

Holland’s senate district includes part of Douglas County, all of Jefferson County and Leavenworth County, except the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing. It covers the northern third of Lawrence and the communities of Baldwin City, Basehor, Easton, Eudora, Grantville, Linwood, McLouth, Meriden, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, Ozawkie, Perry, Tonganoxie and Valley Falls.

Holland is an information technology consultant. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children.


9070811 8 years, 2 months ago

Senator Brownback..... a respected man? Who respects no one.

9070811 8 years, 2 months ago

He certainly does not respect women.

50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

I will vote for Holland and I am a registered Republican.

9070811 8 years, 2 months ago

50yearResident, Thank you for being an outstanding Republican. My Republican mom feels the same way. It's nice when someone can see what an a** and bigoted individual Brownback is. Okay well that may have been putting words in your mouth. What is your reasoning for voting for Holland instead of Brownback?

50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

9070811, Lets just say I don't agree with any of Sam Brownbacks policies. My view of running the State and Sam Brownback's ideas are completely opposite. He won't get my vote and I am amazed that he got as far as he did in the race for President. I didn't vote for him then either.

lounger 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh thank goodness. Someone is opposing sly sammy! Brownback creeps me out!!!

Sulla 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, please at least try to beat this lunatic and someone credible run against Moran/Thiart to prevent The Family from taking over the entire state.

headdoctor 8 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Tom. I was beginning to think I was going to have to rush down and change my voter registration and run for Governor. It just seems wrong to let Brownback waltz into the Governor's seat unopposed.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 2 months ago

I like Tom but he has no chance that said go for it. And I respect Brownback, you naysayers may have to eat your words about him.

tomatogrower 8 years, 2 months ago

Brownback would like to make Kansas the first theocracy in the US. Ok, maybe Utah is already there. His support by groups who support Roeder and other extremists will come back to bite him. There are still enough moderate Republican voters in Kansas who want an alternative, and Mr. Holland is the one. Who will run Kansas Brownback or the Pope? Or does Brownback support that self appointed pope who thinks the Roman Pope is too liberal?

coldandhot 8 years, 2 months ago

Holland is doing this to get some name recognition. The guy has done nothing of substance in his SHORT tenure in the senate and the house. His resume is weak, but so is our community organizer President. Brownback will eat Holland up.

leedavid 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom is just another career politican trying to bounce up the ladder...smiley on the outside nothing going on inside. Handshakes and smiles. We need someone with a plan, we need leadership, not another politican.

thebigspoon 8 years, 2 months ago

Well, lawrenceguy, if, in your world, it is more important to select a party than a person of integrity and promise, you go right ahead. I don't know if Tom is the best possible candidate (though I know he is a good and honorable man) but I do know what Brownie has stood for (and against) and I can tell you that voting Republican in this case just to vote the party is the wrong thing to do. Send a message to the state that we want something other than a religious agenda and that Sam has no real agenda other than that given him by the religious right (God, I hate these labels, but this fits). If he could show us that he can think for himself and that he can lead ALL of the people , then perhaps he could be a serious contender, but not simply because he is a Republican. Voting requires thought to be effective for the state in the long run, and voting a party only is not thinking.

Tulip 8 years, 2 months ago

Wait are we now associating democrats with "Pelosicrat or Communist?" What happened to open discussion without name calling. As all residents lets take the high road here folks. Remember there are always people who have different opinions than you on issues (or your "party"). Sometimes we are right sometimes we are wrong and may be split by sides, but without questioning our views and our stances that are different than ours we may never truly know how we feel. Think about why we have gone to war, or why we have passed bills, and new laws? Because something needed to change...

Tulip 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh I should have said...associating voting against republican (or your party) and now democrat is now associated with "“Pelosicrat or Communist?”

dontcallmedan 8 years, 2 months ago

Let me get this strait--if you don't vote for Brownback, you're a Communist?

BigPrune 8 years, 2 months ago

It must be a horrible time to be a democrat, maybe even worse than when Jimmy Carter was President.

Now if Obama turns this country into a true dictatorship, this guy might be making a wise move. I just saw a CNN poll that says the majority don't want Obama for a second term.

David Albertson 8 years, 2 months ago

It's funny how they label you a Communist if you don't vote Republican. It's also funny how the biggest Communist country in the world also has the strongest economy in the world. China's GDP is growing by double digits. We haven't had that kind of growth since that communist Bill Clinton was in office.

Wake up people, if Capitalism was so freaking great, why is our economy so freaking bad? Capitalism worked great after WW2 when we had no competition. Now that Europe and Asia are strong again, we're back to major economic problems, kinda like right before WW2 right? The backbone of Capitalism is free markets and competition. Well, guess what, American workers are competing with Chinese workers. We are losing this game, big time, and will continue to lose because we can't afford to work for $2 per day. Capitalism works great for those at the top, for those of us that work for a living, the outlook is pretty bleak.

If you think a Republican can somehow fix this situation, think again. It's the Republican party that has pushed for tax breaks and loopholes for corporations to move their operations overseas. That is what has empowered China. Anytime a Democrat or Independent mentions tariffs or taxes on these companies, they're labeled "Communist", "Protectionist", "Unpatriotic". It's ridiculous. If the American worker has to compete with the rest of the world, we're going to have to lower our standard of living to match the rest of the world. That's your Capitalism in a nutshell.

Of course, I have to mention that we brought this upon ourselves. How many of you shop at WalMart? Everybody loves the goofy smiley face and the cheap, cheap products. Why do you think they're so cheap? They're made in China. Every time you buy something that says "made in China" you send your hard earned dollars over there. The american consumer has exchanged the American Dream for cheap toxic crap that's "made in China". I don't think most Americans understand these concepts. All they see is what is right here and right now. Until that changes, this situation will get worse and worse.

Ok, start flaming.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom Holland is a far better candidate than Brownback could ever be.

All the money that Brownback is sporting = big time special interest money.

When todays republican party comes to mind I think of Watergate that forced Nixon to resign and Iran Contra which was that illegal weapons deal using Iran as our friend. Gen. Richard Secord, Lt Col Oliver North and Adm John Poindexter were putting the nations security at risk,making money all the while knowing it was illegal. Former CIA director GHW Bush should have informed them that doing illegal weapons deals was a federal offense. Then there was the Reagan/Bush home loan scandal.

Sen. Brownback has plenty of baggage standing beside GW Bush who lied to the world about WMD's,who also was lying to the nation about social security and then like his father was involved in another home loan scandal number two that took the nations economy so far down the tubes and put more than 8 million people out of work.

Brownback is the guy who screams about big government yet it seems loves being on big government payrolls and wants taxpayers to pay his very exclusive medical insurance premiums while millions go without. Brownback has been lying to us.... he loves big government. And if my memory serves me well Brownback would turn public schools over to corporate america that which would gobble up our tax dollars in a big way.

Tom Holland is a huge supporter of public schools and does believe teachers deserve better.

kansasmutt 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom is the better of the two if he does run in my book. He is pretty down to earth and has some good center of the road viewpoints. I think most will pick him, due to his non left or right ideas. You have our votes Tom.

Ann Hamil 8 years, 2 months ago

I have actually met and had conversations with Tom Holland a few times. There are many things that I respectfully disagree with him about. He is definitely no liberal. He would provide Kansas with much better and more even handed leadership than Brownback. He has my vote.

jayhawklawrence 8 years, 2 months ago

I think both Tom and Sam are decent and good men. It will be good for Kansas to have these guys representing the two parties.

What will influence my vote is how these men relate to the current national party leaders in Washington. Are they going to be part of the Washington rhetoric that most voters resent or are they going to stand on their own and represent all Kansans?

Historically, Kansans don't like Washington politics or elite policy makers from the East Coast. We learned a long time ago that our unique Midwest values will get us through the hard times, not clever schemes. Eventually, we can tell when someone is not telling the truth.

Whoever can rise above the current politics and display real leadership while representing traditional Midwest values will get my vote.

Mixolydian 8 years, 2 months ago

Good news for Holland. I read a recent poll that showed voters prefer chubby politicians and believe them to be more honest.

You can't make that stuff up.

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

By Dion Lefler The Wichita Eagle

Democratic leaders in the state Legislature are accusing U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of hypocrisy over federal economic-stimulus spending for a Hutchinson rail spur, claiming he is trying to take credit for something he opposed.

At issue is a news release issued by Brownback's office last week titled "Brownback applauds infrastructure development in Hutchinson, Kansas," celebrating a $1.78 million federal grant to help build a rail spur to serve the Salt City Business Park.

On Monday, Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, issued a joint commentary titled "Brownback deserves no credit for Hutchinson grant."

"If Sam Brownback had had his way, Hutchinson would have never received that grant," Hensley said. "Certainly what this is is hypocrisy."

The funding for the rail spur was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill passed in February and backed mainly by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

Brownback voted against the bill and spoke in opposition to it in the Senate.

headdoctor 8 years, 2 months ago

lawrenceguy40 (anonymous) says... A self claimed Republican who would ever consider voting for any democrat candidate, is not, and probably never was, a true Republican! Shame on all those here who claim to be so.

Either you are going through life looking through Republican rose colored glasses toward your party or we now know what category of Republican you are. It is pretty obvious who should be in total shame and it isn't the people who are so sick of what the party has became that they are willing to vote against them.

spiff 8 years, 2 months ago

TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says... "It covers the northern third of Lawrence and the communities of Baldwin City, Basehor, Easton, Eudora, Grantville, Linwood, McLouth, Meriden, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, Ozawkie, Perry, Tonganoxie and Valley Falls."

Pfffft, us ignorant rednecks in these little hick towns? He doesn't stand a chance.

Linwood proper may vote for him, but not us extremist right-wingers out in the woods. I avoid Linwood, and all the stoplights."

Do you realize he already represents that area in the state senate? He is running for governor of the whole wide state. It's thiiiiiiiiiiis big!

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 2 months ago

It is interesting that Holland is announcing at a public school, Lowman Hill Elementary in Topeka, that happens to be right next door to the private school Sam Brownback sends his kids to.

Talk about sending a message. Way to go, Tom.

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

If you actually look at Brownbacks projects he has done little to help the state of kansas in his representation career other than a slew of Ft Riley dollars. They might want to rename it Ft. Brownback. I have no issue with military dollars in this day and age but there is the rest of the state to worry about amigo. In his recent past he is more concerned with religious issues with a large percentage of his paid speaking trips dedicated to religious groups many who feel God should manage the government. Might want to brush up on the separation of church and state principal. He's a frigging quack any way you measure it.

Go Tom !

Dan Edwards 8 years, 2 months ago

This political moderate will be voting for Tom Holland--clearly the more moderate candidate. I can't think of a worse time for a hyper-partisan to hold any elected office anywhere.

ahimsa 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm a Brownback hater, and I vote! Go Tom!

Boeing 8 years, 2 months ago

I like how his website makes you put in your info before accessing it...can I at least see what he stands for before I give him my contact info?!?!

kansasmom 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom Holland has won his previous elections because he runs NEGATIVE campaigns. I feel he is trying to move up the political ladder. He takes LOADS of special interest groups money and I am sure there will be more for this campaign. As far as Senator, not sure what he's accomplished.

feeble 8 years, 2 months ago

Kansasmom, Brownback is accomplished at taking donations from Koch Industries:

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

Brownback is amidst another failed run for president and sees his best platform being governor instead of senator. He is simply using the state of kansas for his own personal aspirations. This is very disingenuous of Brownback.
I would advise voting for someone who actually wants to be governor of Kansas and tackle the tough problems we are facing. A vote for Brownback is a vote for his lieutenant governor.

CLARKKENT 8 years, 2 months ago


cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

kansas mom , back up your post ! i reviewed his campaign receipts and did not see loads of special interest monies.

happy_go_lucky 8 years, 2 months ago

Yeah kansasmom, how about you provide evidence? Instead of talking out your... you get the picture.

Tom is a great family man, and understands Kansas reality.

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

note that the feds turned down the intermodal facility , Brownback voted against the stimulus bill then turned around and endorsed this project. His publicty mongering republican spew has cost kansas a big project !

cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

Anti Socialist Sam , as long as it does not include him and his family

Farm Subsidies

The Brownbacks of Kansas. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) received $40,403 in farm subsi­dies (mostly for conservation) between 1995 and 2005.[12] His father, Glenn Robert Brownback of Parker, Kansas, received $319,662 over the same period, and his brother, John R. Brownback, also of Parker, received $286,082.[13

Jimo 8 years, 2 months ago

A self claimed Republican who would ever consider voting for Brownback - is not, and probably never was, a member of the Republican Wing of the Republican Party! Shame on all those fakers, fraudsters, and charlatans who claim to be Republicans but are actually racist Teabaggers. Go back to Alabama and your Dixiecrat roots!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Let's see Brownback has millions to spend...

Why do voters vote for the biggest spenders?

Do voters believe that the biggest spenders make the best politicians? Show me...

The biggest spenders in local politics have not produced the best politicans...

leedavid 8 years, 2 months ago

Holland is a democrat serving in the senate. The thow the bum out mentality will prevail and he will get his butt handed to him. Outside of Lawrence he has no name recognition and while in office he does not have any accomplishments. He is just a politician with aspirations....

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