UPDATED: Svaty selects former Blackhawk pilot as running mate for governor’s race


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Svaty turned to a former Blackhawk helicopter pilot and Manhattan school board member to be his running mate for lieutenant governor.

Svaty this morning named Katrina Gier Lewison - a recipient of the purple heart  after surviving a hand grenade attack  - as his running mate as he embarked on two-day, 11-city tour that kicked off in Topeka.

The pick gives Svaty a woman candidate who supports abortion rights in contrast to his own views on the issue. It also gives him a candidate from outside the politics of the Kansas statehouse who can appeal to . . .


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