This is the information, at least the most complete information I could find on little known challenger to incumbent, Governor Sam Brownback(R). So here ya go:
Paul Davis is a leader with a proven record of working across party lines to get things done for hardworking Kansas taxpayers. As Governor, Paul will work to end infighting and partisan gridlock in the State Capitol. He believes that by setting aside party differences and bringing people together, we can strengthen the economy, create jobs, and ensure that our children have access to a world class education.
Middle class beginnings, Kansas values.
A lifelong Kansan, Paul Davis is the son of two teachers who instilled in him the middle class Kansas values that bind our state together – hard work, education, and family. From a young age, Paul’s parents set high expectations for him, which later inspired both his legal career and involvement in public service. Paul attended Lawrence Public Schools and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He then went on to earn his law degree from Washburn University in Topeka.
Paul’s wife, Stephanie, is a psychologist who specializes in trauma recovery for United States military veterans. Stephanie is passionate about helping the men and women who served our country in uniform and she commutes two hours a day to provide assistance to Kansas veterans.
Paul and Stephanie have a three-year-old daughter, Caroline, who enjoys growing sunflowers, ballet, and living just down the road from her grandma and grandpa.
Private sector experience
Paul has worked in the private sector for over a decade and has owned a law firm with his two business partners for several years. Paul entered the legal profession to help families and businesses solve problems and resolve conflicts in a fair and equitable way. He is a partner in the firm of Fagan, Emert & Davis. Throughout his legal career, Paul has worked with start-up companies, small businesses and some of the largest corporations in Kansas.
Paul understands the needs of Kansas businesses that are trying to grow, create jobs and remain profitable while coping with higher taxes and burdensome government regulation. He knows that government regulations can be overly burdensome and that the state tax code can determine whether a business gets off the ground or not.
Through this work, Paul also learned that government and business do not have to be adversaries. They can – and must – be partners in their joint quest to create jobs and grow Kansas communities. This belief has been a guiding principle of Paul’s legislative career.
A common sense leader
Paul joined the Kansas House of Representatives in 2003. Throughout his 11 years in the Kansas State Legislature, Paul’s bipartisan approach to governing, common sense leadership style, and commitment to fiscal responsibility earned him respect among Democrats and Republicans alike. These traits became especially evident when his peers elected him Kansas House Minority Leader in 2008 at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
As a result of the global economic downturn, Kansas was engulfed in an historic budget crisis when Paul began his tenure as House Minority Leader. Despite six rounds of budget cuts, a $500 million budget shortfall was still projected during his first term as leader.
Using the pragmatism that propelled him to his role as a legislative leader, Paul built a bipartisan coalition to tackle the budget crisis head on. Together, this “Moderate Majority” negotiated a budget that protected Kansas public schools and core services from a 7th round of budget cuts, while still keeping state spending in check. The bipartisan budget reduced spending by $1.2 billion, prevented a $65 million property tax hike, and blocked an irresponsible $85 million cut to public schools. Paul ranks this among his most proud legislative accomplishments because it embodied all the things Kansans want from their elected leaders: bipartisanship, compromise, a commitment to public education, fiscal responsibility, and a determination to prevent further property tax hikes.
Despite the fiscal challenges of this time, Paul recognized that Kansas couldn’t simply cut its way out of the Great Recession. Our state’s long-term economic stability depended on our ability to create new Kansas jobs and attract new business investment. This is why he worked tirelessly to enact a 10-year, statewide transportation plan. This was a critical economic investment because most companies agree that infrastructure is a top consideration when choosing a location for a new or expanding business. It is also projected that the transportation plan will create 175,000 jobs over the next decade. It is the largest jobs package ever to pass in Kansas history, and it would never have become law without the support of the bipartisan coalition, led by Paul Davis.
A champion for Kansas’ kids
Paul comes from a family of teachers. He first ran for public office because he was deeply concerned about Topeka’s lack of support for Kansas public schools. As his daughter approaches kindergarten, public education remains his top priority.
Paul was proud to be part of the bipartisan coalition that passed the historic school finance legislation in 2005. It was difficult to put that progress on hold during the Great Recession, but Paul offered a plan to restore funding for our classrooms as soon as the state’s economy began to stabilize.
A commitment to strong public schools is just part of what makes Kansas special, and Paul believes that it is vital to our prospects for job creation and economic growth moving forward. Restoring our investment in Kansas schools ensures that kids across the state – from Kansas City to Dodge City – get the education they deserve. It also ensures that new and existing businesses have the educated workforce they need to grow and thrive. Paul believes that investing in education is not only the right thing to do for our kids, but good economics. It allows our children to make the most of their God-given talents and attracts good, high-wage jobs for our hard-working families.
Source article, writer and photography from: http://davisforkansas.com/sections/page/about