Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves crosses party lines, endorses Laura Kelly

Marc LaVoie
September 05, 2018 - 7:01 am

Laura Kelly for Kansas


Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves announced Tuesday he was supporting state Sen. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, in her bid for governor. 

Kelly is facing Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Republican, and independent Greg Orman. 

Graves was a two-term governor, serving as the state's chief executive 1995-2003. He published an online video to make the announcement.

Graves said his endorsement was due to problems he sees with education, infrastructure, health care and public safety. 

Kelly is the first Democrat Graves has ever endorsed for statewide office, he said.


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