Orman kicks off campaign for Kansas governor as independent - KCTV5

Orman kicks off campaign for Kansas governor as independent

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Orman announced an exploratory committee in early December and raised over $450,000 in 26 days. (Facebook/Greg Orman) Orman announced an exploratory committee in early December and raised over $450,000 in 26 days. (Facebook/Greg Orman)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Olathe businessman Greg Orman formally launched his Independent bid for Kansas governor early Wednesday morning with the release of a digital ad that outlines his vision for the state.

In the add titled, “Problem Solver,” Orman strives to reaffirm his commitment to making Kansas a place where future generations are inspired to build their lives and everyone willing to work hard has a chance to succeed.

Orman’s wife, Sybil, and oldest daughter, Imogen, are featured in the ad that outlines how an Independent governor can transform the political landscape in Kansas by putting people before party bosses and special interests.

“We are reclaiming our legacy of leadership. We are going to make Kansas a place that we can all be proud of again,” Orman says in the ad. “And I know that if we work together and focus on solving our problems instead of the same old partisan bickering, we will be able to create a future that our children and our grandchildren will thank us for.”

The ad also notes that as a serial entrepreneur, Orman knows the value of good ideas, regardless of where they come from, and understands how to leverage the state’s strengths to attract new jobs and revenue to transform the Kansas economy.

“I’ve been in those boardrooms when we’ve made decisions on where to locate companies, where to put plants and factories. I understand what it’s going to take to be able to bring those companies to Kansas,” Orman said. “The people of Kansas are innovators. The people of Kansas are hard-working, they’re strivers. They are leaders.”

Orman announced an exploratory committee in early December and raised over $450,000 in 26 days.

He joins a field of more than 20 potential candidates with term-limited Republican Gov. Sam Brownback expected to resign soon for an ambassadorship.

The campaign will not be a first for Orman. In 2014, he ran for United States Senate but lost to incumbent Pat Roberts.

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