Joshua Svaty, Democrat candidate for governor, paid a visit to St. John on July 13.

The field for Kansas governor is loading up with Republican candidates: Wink Hartman, Kris Kobach, Jim Barnett and Ed O'Malley and Democrat candidates: Joshua Svaty and Carl Brewer.

Candidates are making their way across the state in preparation for their run for the governor's chair. Democrat Joshua Svaty made a stopover in Stafford County on July 13 during his 105 county tour of the state.

Svaty wants a long term transportation plan, more respect for the state employees, resolve damage to public education from years of deficit riddled budgets, according to his website.

He farms in Ellsworth County operating a crop and livestock farm. At age 22 he served in the Kansas House (one of the youngest ever elected) from 2003 to 2009 then resigned to accept Gov. Mark Parkinson's appointment as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture. He is pro-life, worked for the U.S. Environmental protection agency, served as vice president of The Land Institute (a world-renown agriculture research not-for-profit near Salina and was appointed as senior advisor to E.P.A. Region Administrator.

Svaty, wife Kimberly and their children 8-year-old Jackson, 5-year-old Mariner and 3-year-old Evelyn own and operate Free State Farms and grow wheat, sorghum, sunflowers and have a cow/calf operation.

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