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Speculation starts on who would run for Davis’ legislative seat if he runs for governor

September 9, 2013


With House Democratic Leader Paul Davis considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in the 2014 election, some are speculating on who would run for Davis' seat to represent House District 46 in Lawrence in the Kansas Legislature.

So far, one candidate has emerged: Abbie Hodgson, 31, who has been a worker in Democratic Party circles and held several different jobs under former governors Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson, both Democrats.

"Having worked in the administration, I have seen the positive impact that government can have in the lives of Kansans," Hodgson said. "Unfortunately, under the current governor and the current Legislature, we have taken a step back."

Political insiders say they have heard others are thinking about whether to run, but no names have surfaced.

Hodgson currently teaches in the communications department at Kansas University while completing her doctoral degree in political communication. She also operates a political consulting firm called Prairie Fire Consulting and is secretary of the Douglas County Democratic Party.

House District 46, which includes Kansas University, is one of the most Democratic in Kansas, which is one of the most Republican states in the country.

In 2012, Davis, who has served in the Legislature for 10 years, did not have an opponent.

Last month, Davis created a gubernatorial campaign committee and said he would soon announce a decision on whether he would challenge Brownback.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

ALEC has effectively subverted the Kansas GOP. ALEC has no use for republicans or democrats. ALEC has no respect for women. ALEC supports right wing thinkers.

Sam Brownback is ALEC. ALEC critics say the Washington-based organization plays a key role in helping corporations secretly draft model pro-business legislation that has been used by state lawmakers across the country.

Unlike many other organizations, ALEC’s membership includes both right wing state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on model legislation. Sam Brownback is ALEC.

In recent months, ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in drafting bills to:

  • reduce wages across the board by eliminating unions.

  • attack workers’ rights.

  • roll back environmental regulations.

  • privatize education funded with our tax dollars.

  • deregulate major industries.

  • passing voter ID laws.

Nonetheless, this year’s annual ALEC meeting boasts the largest attendance in five years, with nearly 2,000 guests in attendance. Center for Media and Democracy organization released 800 model bills approved by companies and lawmakers at recent ALEC meetings.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

TABOR is ALEC. TABOR is HERE thanks to Grover Norquist. Grover Norquist represents ALEC through and through.

ALEC and Koch Bros sell out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets! The impact of TABOR.

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

I'll take TABOR and ALEC over liberalism every day of the week. Thanks for the info.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

Well, at least you're aware of what choices you're making.

Even if I think they're not the best ones to make.

Standing_on_my_own_2_feet 4 years, 9 months ago

Lets see.............................the country is swirling around the edge of the toilet bowl, just waiting to be flushed! We've leaned so far left in the past several years that the country is almost unrecognizable. I'd suggest giving many of ALECs ideas a try. If we keep following the crazy ideas that we have been, we are guaranteed to be flushed into oblivion! Nero continues to fiddle (golf) while Rome burns.

hillsandtrees 4 years, 9 months ago

ALEC ideas all lead to the widening divide between the very rich and the rest of us, the destruction of our environment, the eroding of workers rights and safety, and less democracy as fewer citizens have a say in money dominated politics.

Bob Forer 4 years, 9 months ago

'Leaned so far left in the past several years"???????

Where have you been? This country has never been more right than it is right now. The democrats are similar to old school moderate republicans and the republicans are rabid right.

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

Vladamir told Nero to go play golf. What choice did he have?

chootspa 4 years, 9 months ago

Why would anyone need to run? Is there a rule against him running for both things at once?

KU_cynic 4 years, 9 months ago

I don't frequently agree with Davis but I have more respect for him than most other urban Kansas democrats, and he has been a smart, articulate, and organized opposition leader in the Kansas house. If he were to make a quixotic run for governor then I would look forward to observing the campaign and especially any debates with Governor Brownback.

That said, if Davis gives up his lock-safe district-46 house seat then Lawrence does not need another feckless KU-employee political groupie Democrat like Abbie Hodgson to take his place. Marci Francisco and Barbara Ballard -- both nominally KU employees -- already do enough by being useless for Lawrence in the state senate and house, respectively.

Aimee Polson 4 years, 9 months ago

If he runs for governor and doesn't win would he then be out of the legislature because he didn't run for his current seat? (Same question as Chootspa, basically). If he actually somehow manages to win governor and also his seat, then the precinct reps would vote in a replacement for his state seat...same way he originally got in.

Aimee Polson 4 years, 9 months ago

KU_cynic - Marci is no longer a KU employee. Don't know about Barbara. Still, point taken.

MMorton 4 years, 9 months ago

Having worked with the DgCo Democratic Party for nearly a decade I've seen the hard work and heavy lifting that Abbie Hodgson has done to help overhaul that organization. She's made our County Party more relevant, more independent, and more capable when it comes to running an operation separate from the flailing State Democratic Party.

A PhD student and a small business owner on top of all of that?

If she takes that same work ethic to Topeka, I'd be more than happy to cast a vote for her.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 9 months ago

Davis has a pretty good gig, why would he want to throw it away to lose big to Brownback?

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought they were supposed to announce by Labor Day?

BigDog 4 years, 9 months ago

fred, The longer he waits the longer the odds get. Governor Brownback is in re-election mode, all over the state fair, lots of community events, and fundraising.

I don't know what he is waiting for .... or if he has truly made a decision to run. One way or another better decided soon .... Democrat will already face tough odds but if Paul doesn't run, gets tougher to get someone to jump in late unless another State Senator wants to become a sacrificial lamb

Grump 4 years, 9 months ago

Davis is a "Democrat from Lawrence." He can't win, no matter how sane, rational, and intelligent he is.

Grump 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm a moderate R. and would certainly vote for Davis over Brownback. But Davis can't win. Davis gives Brownback an easy campaign theme in the rest of the state: "Would you rather have me as Governor or a Democrat from Lawrence?" A Democrat might be able to beat Brownback, but not one from Lawrence.

Don't run Mr. Davis. Brownback wins if you do.

Clearly4Kansas 4 years, 9 months ago

Davis should make sure Obama has a nice job guaranteed in DC if he takes on Brownback, because his little quest will end his KS political career outside of Lawrence. Let Hodgson have the Davis house seat, sounds like the democrats need some new, fresh energy and she fits the bill.

Mike Ford 4 years, 9 months ago

glad to see sanity and intelligence is a negative. this attitude makes Kansas seem so forward and tolerant and not regressive at all.

verity 4 years, 9 months ago

It ain't over 'til it's over. What a bunch of whining pessimists. Quit your whining and spend that energy working for Davis if you don't like Brownback. Davis can win if we all get in there and work. Brownback may have the money, but that doesn't always win the election---unless you let it. Or maybe those people saying Davis can't win are Brownback plants to demoralize us. Well, I will not be demoralized or intimidated.

And Lawrence, get over yourself. You're not so important that people will not vote for someone because they're from "liberal" Lawrence. You're really not as liberal and progressive as you like to think you are---the small town I live in is way more progressive than Lawrence---and not all the rest of the state is as stupid as you like to think.

If Paul Davis puts out a positive and substantive platform and points out what Brownback has done to this state, he can win. By election time, the pain of Brownback's policies are going to be felt a lot more than they are already---and already many Republicans who voted for him are turning away from him.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

I like your enthusiasm and energy, but confess that I also believe that the "liberal Lawrence" taint will ruin Davis' chances.

A "moderate" R would stand the best chance of unseating BB, I think, followed by a perceived "moderate" D.

verity 4 years, 9 months ago

So---are you just going to sit back and let Brownback win?

Sorry if I'm being snarky (well, not really) but all this negativity and pessimism really, really annoys me. I know you've talked about leaving the state when you retire. Well, I don't have that option and I don't want to leave. Thinking about what four more years of Brownback will mean certainly lights a fire under me.

We have had Democratic governors in living memory.

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

verity - I understand you view, but give the pessimists a break. Hard to be positive when the candidate won't even commit. What is there to think about? Run or don't run.

Taking this long to decide makes Davis look weak and lacking confidence.

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