Jennifer Winn, Wichita Republican challenger to Gov. Sam Brownback, announced her new running mate Monday.
West Wichita resident Robin Lais will replace Ethan McCord as a candidate for lieutenant governor. McCord asked to step aside because of ongoing medical issues resulting from wounds he received in the Iraq War.
Lais, a Kansas native and grandmother, owns an advertising agency, a natural healing store and a radio station in Wichita.
“We knew we needed someone strong and independent,” Winn, who owns a family landscaping business, said. “Someone with a strong sense of spending and how to control it, and someone who understands right from wrong.”
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Lais said she shares many beliefs with Winn, including better education, better care for U.S. veterans and the success of small businesses.