Hopefuls state their case

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June 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Above, seated from left, Shirley Palmer, Juanell Garrett, Bob Garrett and Don Mann listen to Josh Svaty, Democrat candidate for Kansas governor.

Candidates for state and federal offices outnumbered the local voters there to hear them at a political forum sponsored by Allen County Farm Bureau Saturday afternoon.

Just a handful of potential voters turned out for the event, compared to 13 candidates and their associated staff. That sparked a few jokes as candidates each offered a five-minute “stump speech.” Josh Svaty, a Democrat candidate for governor, joked that the five Democrats who gathered to talk to him outnumbered the three or four Republican voters available to the 11 Republican candidates. That’s unusual enough in Kansas to qualify for some type of record, he mused.

Mostly, though, candidates talked about their agricultural roots and the importance of agriculture to the Kansas economy.

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