Brown seeks 10th District House seat
Tony Brown plans to take his political career to a bigger playing field.
Brown, a long-time Baker University professor and Baldwin City Council member, filed Tuesday morning for the 10th District State Representative seat.
"I have a strong belief that government can still improve peoples' lives," said Brown, a Democrat. "There is a lot of cynicism about government now and rightfully so. Nothing is getting done.
"I would like to be a person who strikes some compromise and gets things done to improve the quality of life for Kansans," said Brown.
Brown, who moved to Baldwin City in 1990 to teach psychology and has been a city councilman for 4 years, said he wanted to let voters know he's running as soon as possible. The election is Nov. 4.
"There's a lot of uncertainty about this race and I thought it would be good to let people know my status," he said. "I am running for this seat."
That uncertainty involves Brown's additional experience as State Rep. Tom Holland's campaign manager since he first ran in 2002. Holland, also a Democrat, has not announced his intentions as of yet.
"I can't speak for what Tom's future plans are," said Brown. "I am running for the 10th District seat. You'll have to ask Tom."
Holland was contacted in Topeka while the legislature was in session Tuesday.
"I'll be making an announcement later in the session," said Holland, declining to address rumors that he will be seeking Republican Roger Pine's Senate seat.
Brown said there are three issues that he will be addressing if he's elected. They are education, the environment and health care.
"Those are going to be the pillar of my campaign," he said.
Regardless of the outcome of the race, Brown, 46, is scaling back his teaching career.
"I've already made plans to go into semi-retirement with Baker," he said. "The agreement now is to teach one class in the fall. If I'm lucky enough to get elected, I, of course, wouldn't be available in the spring. That's the plan. We'll see if it works."
Brown's campaign manager is Ryan Young, a Baker graduate who has been involved with state politics, including working for Holland.