Topeka physician Barnett set to announce GOP campaign for governor

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett plans to announce Tuesday his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor. (Submitted)

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett plans to announce Tuesday his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

 

Barnett, a physician with Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, said in a news release Friday that he planned a nine-city tour over two days to kick off the campaign.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Wichita businessman Wink Hartman previously declared their intention to seek the Republican nomination for governor. Gov. Sam Brownback is prohibited from seeking another term, which creates an opening in 2018.

Others considered potential GOP candidates for governor include Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, former state Rep. Ed O’Malley, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder and state Senate President Susan Wagle.

Barnett won a seven-person GOP gubernatorial primary in 2006, but lost the general election to Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. That campaign occurred while he was representing the Emporia area in the Kansas Senate from 2001 to 2010.

In 2010, Barnett lost the Republican primary for the U.S. House to Tim Huelskamp, a peer in the Kansas Senate.

Barnett is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Topeka, Manhattan, Junction City, Salina and Wichita to discuss his candidacy. He plans campaign stops Wednesday in Liberal, Garden City, Dodge City and Hays.

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