TOPEKA | Democrats (finally) have a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Long-time Kansas resident Charles Schollenberger, 57, of Prairie Village jumped in this morning.
Schollenberger said he made his decision after touring Kansas for six months meeting and speaking with hundreds of Kansas Democrats.
"Everywhere we went people have been friendly and supportive and have welcomed our efforts," Schollenberger said. "I believe that Kansas Democrats are looking for leadership from a candidate who is not afraid to get out among the people and wage a grass-roots campaign."
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Schollenberger made his announcement in the park across the street from the famous Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, which now houses the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
"Here in Topeka people took a stand against segregated schools and it changed the nation. These brave Kansans, like their forebears who fought slavery before the Civil War, made a stand for justice and turned a situation of shame into a symbol of hope."
"So let us once again embrace our heritage as a Free State and work to promote change. Change for better schools, change for universal health coverage, change that protects our retirement funds, change that creates good jobs, clean industry, clean energy, and change that looks to the future.
"We pledge our best efforts to wage an effective campaign to break the strangle-hold that conservative Republicans have had over our two U.S Senate seats for the last 70 years. I invite you to join me in this crusade for change."
Schollenberger is a communications executive and former teacher and journalist/editor for the Hutchinson (Kan.) News, Kansas City Star and Sun Newspapers of Johnson County, Kan. He has also worked as a lecturer in the University of Kansas journalism school’s marketing communications graduate program in Overland Park.