Bollier, Kansan Dem, Focuses on Schools in Her Senate Run

The Story:

The much-watched race to replace Pat Roberts, a Republican who has represented Kansas in the US Senate for 24 years, has heated up. Barbara Bollier, the likely Democratic Party nominee for the seat, raised $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Background:

Although there are other Democrats seeking the nomination, Bollier has the endorsement of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and of former Governor Kathleen Sibelius.

Bollier has served in both of the houses of the Kansas legislature. Sibelius praised her in part because, in her time there, she has been consistently committed to “fully fund our schools.”

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after months of hesitation, has announced that he will not be a candidate for the Roberts seat. This leaves Kris Kobach, a very polarizing figure, as the most likely Republican nominee.

The Thing to Know:

Bollier has only been a member of the Democratic Party for thirteen months. She switched party affiliation in December 2018, expressing unhappiness with the way the Republican Party has been headed in recent years. She said, “I’m looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools.”

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