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Davis planning ‘major announcement’ in his gubernatorial campaign

October 21, 2013

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— Democratic candidate for governor Paul Davis will make a "major campaign announcement" Tuesday during a four-city bus tour.

Davis' campaign was tight-lipped about the subject of the event but some political observers thought he was going to announce who his lieutenant governor running mate would be.

Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, announced last month that he would seek the Democratic nomination to face Gov. Sam Brownback in the 2014 race.

Almost immediately, speculation started about who Davis would select to run with him.

A famous political name came up in Wichita financial planner Jill Docking. Docking, who ran unsuccessfully against Brownback in 1996 for the U.S. Senate, is married to former Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, whose father, Robert, and grandfather, George, both served as governor.

Jill Docking has served as chair of the Kansas Board of Regents and writes a blog about politics in which she has criticized budget cuts to higher education signed into law by Brownback. She did not return a phone call seeking comment on Monday.

Davis' tour includes planned stops starting in Prairie Village at 8:30 a.m., Topeka at 11 a.m., Salina at 2:15 p.m. and Wichita at 5 p.m.

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