Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on December 1, 1977 · Page 19
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 19

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, December 1, 1977
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Gurden C.ity Telegram Thurmlay. December 1. 1977 I'upe 19 Political Neophyte Takes Soundings Around Kansas By LEW FERGUSON Associated Press Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) There is a potential new candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor now taking soundings around the state who just may be the alternative some rank-and-file party members say they've been waiting for. He is Tom Leathers, a political neophyte as a candidate, but no stranger to Kansas politicians. Indeed, Leathers already MAYO'S S HIGHPOCKETS 'MARK II S OPEN THURSDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY 1:00-5:00 has an intriguing bit of encouragement going for him: Vern Miller says Leathers is the only possible Democratic nominee with whom he would run as lieutenant governor. If you lived in the Kansas City metropolitan area, you wouldn't need any introduction to Leathers. He's publisher of the magazine, "The Squire," in Johnson County and another magazine, "The Town Squire," in Kansas City, publishes five weekly suburban newspapers—four in Kansas and one in Missouri— •and has an hour-long talk show on cable television in Johnson County. He also owns an advertising agency in Leawood, where he lives. So what qualifies Leathers, a registered Republican, to consider running for governor of Kansas as a Democrat in 1978? Well, nothing in particular and everything in general, the 49-year-old publisher said in an interview. "I've never been in politics before, but I've always been interested," Leathers said. "I know a lot of people in politics. "I hadn't given this any thought until recently, when I began receiving telephone calls from some important people asking me if I might be interested." Among those who contacted Leathers was a former supporter of Republican Gov. Robert F. Bennett, he said. Another who called Leathers was Vern Miller, the former attorney general and now Sedgwick County district attorney, who a few weeks ago removed himself from speculation as a contender for the governor nomination next year. Miller enthusiastically endorsed the idea of Leathers running for governor in a separate interview. The two have been friends for years. Leathers endorsed Miller for governor over Bennett in 1974. "I know of his interest, and I would encourage him," Miller said. "He's always been interested in civic and state affairs. "I respect him very much. He's a very capable person. There is no doubt in my mind that he would make an excellent governor." Leathers said Miller has raised the possibility of the two of them joining forces on a Democratic ticket next year, with Miller as the lieutenant governor candidate. "I'm not ready to announce my plans, if any, now," Miller said. "But I would consider that. In fact, he's the only candidate I would consider running with." Leathers is encouraged by Miller's endorsement, but realizes he needs to do considerably more spadework before making his decision. "If I get into this, it will be totally from scratch," Leathers said. "I have no ties, no connections with anybody. I'm beholden to no one." He said he plans to contact several prominent Kansas Democrats for their reactions and advice. Leathers comes from a family with a history of political activism, if not as candidates. His mother and father were among leaders of a citizens group which challenged the dominance of the Tom Pendergast political machine in Kansas City four decades ago. Although he's a registered Republican, his support of Kansas candidates has been bipartisan in the past—except that in 1974 he endorsed all Ihree Democrats for the top offices, Bill Roy for the U.S. Senate, Miller for governor and Curt Schneider for attorney general. "I've probably leaned toward the Democratic side in recent years," said Leathers. Leathers attended Baker University and graduated from Kansas State University in 1948. He worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star for three years, covering the police, city hall and courthouse beats, then served during the Korean Conflict as a naval intelligence officer with the 7th Fleet. He returned home from service to enter the trade publication business, and founded "The Squire" in 1959. His publishing and advertising businesses have expanded since that lime. "I didn't start this," Leathers said of his fledgling political effort. "But I am interested, and from the early encouragement, I'm going to look a little longer." Bloodmobile Here Next Week; 250-Pint Goal KEN-MARK PRODUCTIONS PROUDLY PRESENTS AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Garden City December 5 from noon to 5:15 p.m. and December 6 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. It will be located at the Garden City Co-op Center, 106 N. 6th. Goal for the two-day visit will be 250 pints of blood. Mrs. Leona Wiederstein, chapter executive, is encouraging citizens to give blood even though they have not been personally contacted. "It is impossible for us to know everyone in our community who would be willing to be a blood donor unless they make themselves known to us," she said. Open Sundays 1 p.m. TO 5 p.m. JCPenney SUPER WEEK-END A donation of blood is the most priceless and personal gift you can ever give, she said. During the holiday season more blood is needed because of the increase in traveling and accidents which result. When you give blood you will find out what type you are. Of any 100 people, you might be one of the 36 who have group 0 positive, 6 who have group 0 negative blood, 38 who have group A positive blood, 6 who have group A negative blood, 8 who have group B positive blood, 2 who have group B negative blood or the 1 out of 200 who have group AB Negative blood. The rarest type of blood, Mrs. Wiederstein said, is the type that is not available when you need it. Red Cross and the Kidney Foundation have joined forces to recruit donors. Since the last bloodmobile in Garden City in August, the two agencies organized a cooperative effort to recruit blood donors for the Red Cross and organ donors for the Kidney Foundation. The Wichita Regional Red Cross Blood Center and the Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri-South Central Kansas felt this would saturate the mid-western area more effectively, Mrs. Wiederstein said. Canteens of the blood center and each bloodmobile station, and offices of the regional blood center will be pick-up points for the Kidney Foundation's Uniform Donor Cards and brochures. If you have questions or wish to make an appointment for the bloodmobile call 2762762. 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