A forum featuring eight of the eighteen Kansas gubernatorial candidates was held in the Johnson County Central Resource Library last Saturday, July 7. Roughly 250 people came for a room with seating capacity for 150. Roughly 200 listened for over two hours as candidates answered questions. This episode of All Souls Forum will feature each candidates answers to the first three questions plus opening and closing remarks.
The candidates, in the order they spoke were Rick Kloos (Independent), Joshua Svaty (Democrat), Jeff Caldwell (Libertarian), Carl Brewer (Democrat), Arden Andersen (Democrat), Patrick Kucera (Republican), Laura Kelly (Democrat), and Jim Barnett (Republican).
The forum was organized by the NAACP of Johnson County, KS, Alpha Kappa Alphy Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter, El Centro, Inc., Johnson County Latina Leadership Network, KCK NAACP, MORE2, the Olathe Latino Leadership Network, and Opmicron Xi Chaper of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. It was moderated by Vanessa Vaughn West, the Community Relations manager for the city of Olathe, KS.
A video of the entire Forum will be available on the web site of the NAACP of Johnson County, KS.