Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City may run for governor

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, is expected to announce he's running for governor this afternoon. The Signal will update this story with the announcement and there will be a story in tomorrow's edition. Here he's pictured with Heather Garcia, a 2008 Baldwin High School graduate, whom Holland honored in the Senate for her numerous state championships as a runner for BHS's cross country and track teams. Garcia now competes for Boston College.

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, is expected to announce he's running for governor this afternoon. The Signal will update this story with the announcement and there will be a story in tomorrow's edition. Here he's pictured with Heather Garcia, a 2008 Baldwin High School graduate, whom Holland honored in the Senate for her numerous state championships as a runner for BHS's cross country and track teams. Garcia now competes for Boston College.

January 20, 2010

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, said Wednesday that he may run for governor.

“I’m actively considering it,” Holland said before heading to a Senate committee meeting.

He said he would make a decision soon.

Just 10 months from the November election, the Kansas Democratic Party is in need of a candidate to take on the presumptive Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, who came into office when former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was selected to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has said he will not run for election. Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates also considered running but took himself out of contention. Retired businessman Tom Wiggans jumped into the race with Gates’ blessing, but then bowed out.

Holland said he was not running simply to be a placeholder for the Democratic Party. “If I made a decision to run, it will definitely be to win,” Holland said.

Holland represents the 3rd Senatorial District, which includes part of Douglas County, all of Jefferson County and Leavenworth County, except the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing. It covers the northern third of Lawrence and the communities of Baldwin City, Basehor, Easton, Eudora, Grantville, Linwood, McLouth, Meriden, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, Ozawkie, Perry, Tonganoxie and Valley Falls.

Holland was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008. Before that he was a member of the Kansas House.

Holland is an information technology consultant. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

Last year, Holland was one of the most vocal critics in the Legislature of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., which was established to promote technology-based development. Legislators considered abolishing the agency, but then decided to fund it at a lower level.

Later, Holland was appointed to serve on the KTEC board.

While in the House, Holland introduced and helped pass several tax cuts for senior citizens and businesses.

Comments

NanCrisp 4 years, 2 months ago

This is a much better plan than the California businessman from Olathe. Go Tom!

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BaldwinDad 4 years, 2 months ago

I would like to see s solid third party candidate, but really how anyone can vote for Brownback is beyond me.

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NanCrisp 4 years, 2 months ago

I would like to see a solid third party, period! That said, Tom has shown that he is able to represent the people, not just the party. As an independent, I have always felt I could trust him to make sound judgements. He came close to getting my antennae up when he called for the complete dissolution of KTEC last year. And maybe he was put up to that by the Ks Dems. But in the end, he was able to see what is best for the State and not just play politics with it. So far so good. I'm with Tom!

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kermit 4 years, 2 months ago

Hold to your hat Nan but----I can't believe I am saying this---I agree with you. I, too, am a registered Independent and would like to see a strong third party. However that is not happening in Kansas so we need to look closely at our options. Brownback or perhaps, Holland. So far I respect Tom and his decisions. However, let's be honest, does anyone really think that Brownback can possibly lose the state of Kansas? I am not a Brownback fan, but I realize his strengths in Kansas and particularly those in the rural areas of Kansas. Brownback is a farm kid and let's face it, agriculture is the #1 industry in the state. I don't see how he possible can lose without an extremely negative campaign and if Tom, or whomever, goes that route I will not vote for them. I just think it's an uphill climb for any Dem. Frankly I don't think even Sebilius could get re-elected in this state.

As much as a coronation of Brownback leaves me uneasy, realistically we better get used to it.

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