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Wichita Mayor to Run for Kan. Gov.

January 26, 2002

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita Mayor Bob Knight said Saturday he’ll run for governor, joining Attorney General Carla Stovall and State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger in seeking the GOP nomination.

``I have a lot of experience that can be beneficial for the state,″ said Knight, mayor of the state’s largest city for more than 10 years.

Knight is a former investment banker who was elected to the Wichita city council in 1979. He served as commerce secretary for the late Gov. Joan Finney in 1993 and 1994.

``He’s certainly well-regarded in a lot of places in the state and has to be regarded as a significant candidate,″ said Jack Ranson, a longtime GOP activist and former Republican National Committee member from Wichita.

Republican Gov. Bill Graves, re-elected in 1998, cannot seek a third consecutive term under the Kansas Constitution.

The presumed Democratic nominee for governor is Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius.

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