One prominent Kansas Democratic prospect for governor may be a no-go

07/31/2013 6:12 PM

07/31/2013 6:12 PM

Scratch one name off the list.

As Kansas Democrats search for a gubernatorial candidate to oppose incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback next year, the name of a rising party star, Josh Svaty, has been touted time and time again.

But Svaty, a former state agriculture secretary, told the AP on Wednesday that he's “not even thinking about” running for governor.

Svaty noted that about six weeks ago, he became a vice president for the Salina-based Land Institute, which promotes sustainable agriculture. He said his focus is on his new job and, “That's where it's going to be for a while.”

“I'm fully committed to this job,” he said.

As for the governor's race, Svaty said, "It means that I'm not even thinking about it."

Democrats repeatedly have listed Svaty, an Ellsworth County native; Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, and businesswoman and former state Board of Regents member Jill Docking, of Wichita, as possible candidates. Docking declined to comment, and Davis did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Wednesday.

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