Gov. Bill Graves

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Gov. Bill Graves - T ELECTION '98: GOVERNOR Graves' backers bask...
T ELECTION '98: GOVERNOR Graves' backers bask in easy victory With re-election, fans of governor anticipate next term and beyond By GEORGE PYLE The Salina Journal TOPEKA — It was only 5:30 p.m. •• Election Day, and already it seemed that the only thing standing between Bill Graves and a second term as governor would be a bad step on one of the hundreds of wet television cables strewn in and out of the ExpoCenter. "Have you heard who won?" Clay Dodge, a Topeka Republican who has placed his share of Republican yard signs over the years, asked a TV reporter. "We're ready to go home if you know." The reporter didn't know — officially. Topeka Channel 13, WIBW, waited all of two minutes after the polls closed to declare Graves the winner — the first Republican to win re-election as Kansas governor since Bill Graves was in the third grade at Salina's Whittier Elementary School. As the evening wore on in the Sunflower Ballroom, more and more Graves supporters dropped by for a drink and to be there when the expected results became official. "I was there on Election Night," said the souvenir button, "Nov. 3, 1998 — Topeka Kansas." Among those there were many of Graves' relatives: His father, also named Bill, and mother, Helen. An aunt, also named Helen, and his sister, Martha Graves Reese, and her family from Denver. Martha's family drove all day to get to Topeka for the festivities. Daughter Rachel threw up. Twice. You can tell when you cross the border driving from Colorado to Kansas, said Mark Reese, Martha's husband. "The roads get better." And making the roads better — and everything else the state does — is what Gov. Graves says he has done and will do. And, he thinks, it is why he was re-elected. It's not party, he said, or policy. TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Katie Graves sticks an "I Voted" sticker on her father, Gov. Bill Graves, as he talks to reporters Tuesday after voting in Salina. It's the delivery of great public services for the people of Kansas. Of course, before he could say that as part of his brief victory speech, he had to bend over and deliver one of the many balloons that just had been dropped from the ceiling to his 3-year-old daughter, Katie. Service with a smile. Because the re-election was considered a foregone conclusion, party talk was about the next four years, and beyond. "Do you think he has aspira- tions?" Dodge asked, wondering if the governor, freshly re-elected, was already thinking about a race for Congress. "He should." He doesn't, said his Aunt Helen. And that, she thinks, is too bad. "I think he could go further." Earlier in the day, Mike Matson, Graves' press secretary, again repeated the governor's oft- stated abhorrence for legislative work. He's an executive, first and always, Matson said, though a Cabinet post under a Republican president might be the way to get Mr. Graves to go to Washington. Being an executive is what Graves and his team run on. David Heinemann, former legislator from Garden City, now executive director of the Kansas Corporation Commission, says Graves' success is based on his management abilities. "He's not a congressman or a senator," Heinemann said. "He's a chief executive officer. He appoints good people, and he sticks by them." See GRAVES, Page A7 + Republicans win Saline County legislative seats / Page A6 4 Moore unseats Snowbarger for U.S. House seat; Sen. Brownback wins re-election easily; incumbents retain state offices / Page A7 4 Two U.S. senators ousted in re-election bids; GOP retains control of U.S. House; Bushes to lead Texas and Florida / Page A8

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 04 Nov 1998, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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