Sam Brownback may aim to take the Kansas governor’s office back from the Democrats, but the U.S. senator will first have to win a Republican primary Aug. 3.
Joan Heffington of Derby is running to expose what she says is corruption in the state’s legal system. Heffington said she believes the CIA has conducted experiments on Kansas for decades, and she accuses Brownback of bribing the state’s media to ignore her candidacy.
Her running mate is Mark Holick.
Heffington said that if elected, she will put every piece of legislation to a public poll — and a Biblical test — before deciding whether to sign or veto it.
Despite her unusual campaign platform, Heffington said she’ll give Brownback a run for his money.
“(Washington) has forgotten about us,” she said. “They don’t care about the people anymore.”
Brownback will leave the Senate at the end of the year. He chose state Sen. Jeff Colyer, an Overland Park Republican, as his lieutenant governor running mate.
His campaign appears to be more focused on the general election, where he’ll face state Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat.
Holland is uncontested in the Aug. 3 primary. Incumbent Democrat. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, is not running for re-election.
Two other candidates for governor — Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon and Libertarian Andrew Gray — also will be on the general election ballot in November.