GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Gubernatorial candidate Greg Orman today announced state Sen. John Doll of Garden City as his running mate on an Independent ticket that will bypass the party primaries and qualify directly for the general election ballot in November.
Doll, 60, will switch his voter registration from Republican to Independent following a speech to supporters in Garden City this morning, and he’s notified Senate Republican Leadership of his decision to leave the party. Orman formally launched his campaign for governor Jan. 24.
“I'm running with Greg Orman because I believe he is the best possible governor that Kansas could have,” said Sen. John Doll. “He places the people first, he’s not about party politics and the only master he will serve is the people of the state of Kansas.”
A former two-term city commissioner and Mayor of Garden City, Doll spent two decades in Kansas schools as a teacher and coach. In 1961, Doll’s father and grandfather, alongside the Irsik brothers, co-founded Irsik & Doll, a successful grain and cattle operation in Western Kansas.
Doll was elected to two terms in the state House serving District 123 and in 2016 won a seat in the state Senate representing District 39, which includes all of 10 counties in the southwest corner of the state. Senate Republican leaders last year named Doll as vice chairman of the committees on Education and Transportation in recognition of his long-standing commitment to those issues.
Watch Sen. John Doll talk about joining Greg Orman’s campaign as a candidate for Lt. Governor.
“John Doll is a true son of Southwest Kansas. His dedication to the people and communities he’s served over the last 30 years is a testament to his deep roots there,” said Greg Orman, Independent candidate for governor. “While John and I won’t agree on every issue, we’ll work together to find the best ideas regardless of where they come from to address this state’s most challenging issues.”
As an Independent ticket, Orman and Doll will qualify for the general election ballot by collecting the signatures of 5,000 registered voters by Aug. 6, as required by state law. The campaign will begin that ballot petition process in the next few weeks.
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What they’re saying: John Doll’s colleagues comment on his candidacy for Lt. Governor
Republican State Sen. Dinah Sykes, District 21, Lenexa
“Working with John Doll in the Senate has been a great pleasure. Both his commitment to Southwest Kansas and work on behalf of public education and transportation are inspiring. Sen. Doll has been and will continue to be a fine ambassador for all of Western Kansas.”
Republican State Sen. John Skubal, District 11, Overland Park
“As a friend and colleague, John Doll is among the highest caliber individuals I’ve ever known. His values are Kansas values, and John will continue to serve this state with distinction no matter what office he holds.”
Garden City Mayor Roy Cessna
“John Doll will be the first Lt. Governor to represent Southwest Kansas in a generation. Growing up on the farm and working in his family business taught John the value of a hard day’s work, and I know he’ll continue to focus on what’s best for Southwest Kansas as Greg Orman’s running mate.”
Kansas State Board of Education member Sally Cauble, District 5, Dodge City
“There’s no stronger advocate for Western Kansas schools than Sen. John Doll. There’s no stronger leader for economic and community development than Greg Orman. This is the right team for Kansas at exactly the right time.”
Finney County Economic Development Corporation CEO Lona DuVall
“I’ve worked with Sen. Doll on a number of issues, including our success in bringing the first commercial jet service to Southwest Kansas. His leadership on that issue made a difference, and those who call Garden City and Finney County home would be well served by him as this state’s next Lt. Governor.”