Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, was surrounded by friends, well-wishers, and the media this morning when he announced his candidacy for Kansas Governor. The former two-term Wichita Mayor kicked of his announcement tour at a stop in Old Town, an entertainment district in downtown Wichita that grew considerably under under his leadership.
He continued his day-long announcement tour with stops in Topeka, at the State Capital, and a stop in Kansas City, at the offices of the Heartland Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve got the experience … and the passion … to get the State of Kansas back on track,” stated Brewer during a prepared speech made at the Wichita stop.
The 59-year-old retired aircraft industry executive cited his broad leadership background in his military, professional and political careers as a primary credential for the Governor’s office.
“I learned early on the key to effective leadership is communication,” he told his supporters. “Good leaders are good listeners. Good policy making requires honest dialog among all parties.”
Brewer also pledged to visit every corner of the state, listening to the concerns of citizens, and bringing a message of new leadership and restored confidence in state government.
The State of Kansas should look to the performance of local governments for guidance in dealing with the state’s severe financial problems, he said.
“Local governments have set a great example of responsible leadership that meets the needs of its citizens,” he said, noting the City of Wichita’s progressive agenda despite the Great Recession during his two terms as Mayor. “The state government can do the same, but it will take new leadership and new vision.”
Brewer also filed his Appointment of Treasurer form with the Kansas Secretary of State Monday, naming Ron Holt as his campaign treasurer. Holt is a retired Sedgwick County Assistant Manager, and also a retired utility industry executive.
For more information about Mayor Brewer, read the Feb. 23 issue of The Community Voice.