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Kansas Governor Candidate Names Pro-Choice Running Mate

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    Democratic candidate Joshua Svaty has picked a former Army helicopter pilot and current local school board member as his running mate in the Kansas governor's race.
    Svaty introduced Katrina Lewison of Manhattan as his choice for lieutenant governor Wednesday as he kicked off a two-day, 11-city tour that included a stop in Pittsburg.
    Lewison served in the Army for 15 years and rose to the rank of major. She led a helicopter platoon in Iraq and an aviation company in South Korea.
    She is a director of a company providing communications software to local governments and was elected to Manhattan's school board last year.
    The 38-year-old Svaty was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives at age 22, and has a largely pro-life voting record, however he said in Pittsburg he would veto any new restrictions on women's reproductive rights.  
    "The state's done largely what it can do within the constitutional boundaries," Svaty said.  "But I think that we also understand and represent the balance that's within the state."

    Lewison describes herself as pro-choice.
    "As a woman and as someone who has three daughters I want to ensure that my daughters have the right to make their choices with their own bodies and Josh and I are aligned on that issue," Lewison said.    
    Svaty is the first major Democratic candidate to name a running mate. The other two are state Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.


  
 

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