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Schollenberger expected to enter Senate race

Retired advertising executive and former news reporter Charles Schollenberger is expected Thursday to officially launch his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.Schollenberger, whose slogan is “Send a big name to Washington,” started an exploratory committee for the seat in June.He has called a 9 a.m. news conference at the Brown v. Board of Education historical site in Topeka, where he is expected to formally enter the race.Schollenberger is the only Democrat so far to publicly experess an interest in running for the Senate.Practically all of the attention in the race so far has focused on the Republican primary, where two sitting congressmen, Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, are battling for the GOP nomination.Brownback’s seat will be vacant for the 2010 election because he has decided to leave Congress to run for governor.Schollenberger has been active in several Democratic congressional campaigns, including working as issues director for former Ohio Sen. John Glenn in his 1973 race.Schollenberger ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio Legislature in 1976.After moving to Kansas, he covered agriculture and business for the Hutchinson News and the Kansas City Times in the 1980’s, before transitioning to a career in advertising.