Laura Kelly is a serious and level-headed person.

She is also a popular state senator whose district includes both urban and rural voters. She has served in the Senate since 2005.

Kelly is good at making complicated questions clear. She gets along well with others, including members of the opposition.

She sees the big picture. From Topeka, she takes a positive approach to Kansas and the challenges it faces. Her running mate, Lynn Rogers, knows Western Kansas well.

After two years in the Senate Kelly became a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. She is known there for responsible money management.

Kelly is also known for working across the aisle, as she did after the 2008 recession to establish a state savings account. She did it, too, in opposing former Gov. Sam Brownback’s attempts to undermine Early Childhood Education.

And she did it in bringing to light the failings of the Department of Children and Families.

Above all Kelly is known as an advocate for public education. She led her party’s successful effort, with moderate Republicans, to rescind Brownback’s extreme income tax experiment and restore economic growth and school stability to Kansas.

Now, she wants to be Kansas’ “education governor.”

Kelly grew up in a military family that moved a lot. After her study at Bradley and Indiana Universities, she and her husband of 34 years, Dr. Ted Daughety, came to Kansas “because of the good schools.”

The couple have two grown daughters, Kathleen and Molly.

Kansans have a choice in this election between Medicaid expansion, better schools and fiscal responsibility with Laura Kelly, and voter suppression, more guns and partisan rancor with her principal opponent.

Kansas needs leadership now that will keep the state on a course toward balanced, common sense government. Laura Kelly can provide that leadership.

Choose Laura Kelly for the next governor.

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