Danedri Thompson
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Budget and education funding will take center stage during the 2015 legislative session, but Sen. Julia Lynn says there will be action backstage as well.
Behind-the-scenes, Lynn anticipates juggling for political position by those who hope to run for Governor.
“I think you should watch out politically for those who are wanting to set themselves up to run for Governor,” Lynn said.
Potential candidates could come from Kansas federal legislators, those in statewide office – like the Secretary of State or Attorney General or from among ranks of state Senate leadership. Lynn, an Olathe Republican, serves as the Assistant Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate. However, she said she has no plans to run for the state’s top office.
The next gubernatorial election isn’t until 2018, but how this session shakes out may determine who is in the best position to run for the job.
“Depending on the issues you take on, how (potential candidates) posture themselves this session is going to be very important,” she said.
Lynn was unwilling to speculate who might be interested in the job come 2018. Gov. Sam Brownback ascended to the state’s chief executive office via the U.S. Senate. Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius served as the state’s insurance commissioner.