We will back Tom Holland
Our View Editorial
We’re pleased to see one of Baldwin City’s own, Sen. Tom Holland, make a run for governor. We wish him luck.
Holland made his announcement in Topeka Wednesday, making official what we’d known was going to happen since before Christmas. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when.
The Democrats have had several possible candidates for the governor’s position drop out, for various reasons. Many names were mentioned as possibilities to fill Gov. Mark Parkinson’s post after he made it clear he would not run. When Holland’s name surfaced, we were pleased and hoped that it would come about.
The Democrat has an uphill battle with Former Sen. Sam Brownback, who apparently will be the Republican candidate. Brownback has far more name recognition after 16 years in Washington and he has a sizeable war chest of campaign funds. But he’s not held in the highest regard among many Kansans, especially those of us in the eastern part of the state.
Holland also has a history of beating the odds. When he walked in our office in 2002 to announce he was running against incumbent State Rep. Ralph Tanner, who was in his fourth term and well established, we didn’t give Holland much of a chance. He won.
In 2008, Holland did it again, ousting Republican State Sen. Roger Pine, who was also heavily favored to gain re-election.
Since 2002, we’ve gotten to know Holland well. He’s done a good job of representing the people in both his roles. We’ve been proud to call him one of our own.
We don’t make a habit of endorsing candidates, but we’ll make an exception for this race. Kansas needs strong leadership — now. Holland can provide that, without the political baggage his opponent carries.
But we know it’s going to be a tough campaign. If anyone can do it, Tom Holland can.