Lt. governor won’t seek elective office in 2010
Kansas Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson announced Friday afternoon that he would not run for governor or any other political position in 2010.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments (Governor) Kathleen (Sebelius) and I have made over the past two years. We’ve tripled the amount of wind power in the state, landed the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, and are now working to balance the state budget during a very challenging period. The governor has made all of this possible and I’m proud to be a part of it,” he said in a news release.
“I admire those who are willing and able to make the sacrifices to serve the public for their entire careers, but, I’m not one of them. While we often ridicule our politicians, I am grateful for the incredible sacrifices they make to serve. As exciting as it has been to be back in public service, I look forward to returning to the private sector when our term is complete.
“I’m making this announcement now for two reasons. First, I’m getting asked often what I am going to do and I want to let everyone know. Second, any Democratic Party candidate who intends to run for governor in 2010 needs substantial time to prepare.
“I believe the next two years are filled with opportunity and will be as productive as our first two. The governor has shown that bi-partisan leadership creates real results. I’ll continue working hard to bring success to our state and progress for all Kansans, and I’m confident and hopeful that candidates will emerge who will continue to move the state forward.” Parkinson, who was a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party before switching to the Democratic Party when he was recruited to be lieutenant governor by Sebelius, is a former legislator from Johnson County. A successful businessman, Parkinson’s Sweet Life assisted living facilities have received national recognition for their design, and the business has been named as an outstanding business in Northeast Johnson County. He was chairman of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce in 2004.