Thursday, October 23, 2014

ELECTION NEWS: Kansas State Troopers Association endorses Paul Davis for Governor

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- -Citing his strong commitment to public safety, the Kansas State Troopers Association Political Action Committee today announced their endorsement of Paul Davis for Governor.

While many in public safety have endorsed Davis this year, including the Fraternal Order of Police and Kansas State Council of Firefighters, the Trooper endorsement is particularly significant: they endorsed Sam Brownback in 2010.

Since the PAC’s inception, the Troopers have never before endorsed a challenger over an incumbent governor.

“We are proud to endorse Paul Davis and Jill Docking for Governor and Lieutenant Governor,” said Mitch Mellick, member of the Kansas State Troopers Association PAC board. “Paul has been a strong voice for the law enforcement community and has consistently fought for tough laws that help us hold criminals accountable and keep our roads and communities safe. His Kansas values, his steadfast commitment to law enforcement officers and dedication to the safety of our communities make him the best choice for governor.”

The association has a long history of advocating for the safety of Kansas communities. Many on both sides of the aisle note their long history of support for the safety of Kansas communities.

The association works to improve public safety for Kansans and contributes to their communities by supporting the work of the Kansas Special Olympics, sponsoring families of officers slain in the line of duty to attend the National Law Enforcement Memorial, and much more.

“The Kansas State Trooper Association works around the clock to keep Kansas roads, communities and families safe,” Davis said. “I am honored to have their endorsement and look forward to working with them to support law enforcement officers, ensure that they have the resources they need on the job, the support they deserve in retirement and enhance the state’s ability to protect families.”

Davis advocated for groundbreaking laws to strengthen penalties against child rapists and protect women and children from sex trafficking and stalking.

He also wrote legislation to close loopholes that allowed sex offenders to avoid prosecution. Davis has a strong record of supporting first responders and issues important to their organizations, including protecting KPERS, investing in public safety, and fighting for tough on crime laws.

“Jill and I are proud to have the endorsement of the Kansas State Troopers Association PAC, along with the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police and the Kansas State Council of Firefighters,” Davis said. “These men and woman fight every day to keep our families safe and we will do all we can to provide them with the support and resources they need to do their duty.”