We need a new approach, a new set of solutions and new leaders who can cut through the partisanship and games, and put the people of Kansas first.

That’s why I’m running for governor as an independent candidate.

Political independence to me isn’t an ideology. It’s about an approach to public service. It’s about putting the needs of Kansas ahead of the needs of a political party. It’s about using facts and common sense to solve problems, not clinging to dogmatically driven policies despite all evidence that they are failing. It’s about being free from obligations to special interests and party bosses who control both establishments. It’s about leaving our state a better place for our children and grandchildren, so that they can choose to build their lives in Kansas.

Being an independent liberates me to serve Kansas in ways that no other governor can. As an independent governor, I won’t be limited to choosing from a small group of politically active partisans to form my administration. I’ll be able to recruit the best and brightest to help the state based on competence, not political loyalty.

Are we going to embrace the future confidently and leverage all our state’s many natural advantages, or are we going to succumb to the politics of lockstep ideology, extremism and fear? Are we going to hide from the real challenges facing Kansas and allow them to slowly overcome us, or will we fight back? Are we going to innovate? Are we going to rediscover those things that made Kansas such a dynamic leader in the past? Are we going to lead once again?

If you believe, as I do, that Kansas’ best days are ahead of us, and you want to be a part of making it happen, then join us. Join us to help build a state that our children and grandchildren will be proud of — where everyone willing to work hard can make a great life for themselves and their families.

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