The Allen County Democratic Party will host a public forum featuring six of the eight Democratic candidates for Kansas governor. The event kicks off Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Silas Bass North Community Hall at 505 N. Buckeye St. However, the public is invited for free, pre-event pizza and schmoozing starting at 6 p.m.
The contested Democratic primary election is set for Aug. 7, and will likely include the eight candidates still in the race. They are state Sen. Laura Kelly from Topeka; Josh Svaty, a 38-year-old Ellsworth farmer, former state lawmaker, EPA official, and former Kansas ag secretary; current House Minority Leader Jim Ward, Wichita; former two-term Wichita mayor Carl Brewer; Arden Anderson, a physician from Olathe; Robert Klingenberg, a salesman and truck driver from Salina; 17-year-old Jack Bergeson, high-schooler and pot legalization enthusiast; and former FBI agent Michael Tab-man.
Brewer and Tabman will not attend Tuesdays forum.