Hutchinson has a dog racing to become Kansas' next governor.
Terran Woolley, 3600 N. Lorraine St., set up a campaign committee Saturday for Angus P. Woolley, living at the same address.
“That would be my dog,” Terran Woolley said when The Hutchinson News called Monday and asked for Angus.
Angus is a wire-haired Vizsla. He is 3-years-old, “but he would be about 23 in human years,” Woolley said. He’s at the third level of obedience school, Woolley said.
The idea of the candidacy came from the number of teenagers announcing bids for governor because there is no age requirement to run for governor or some other statewide offices in Kansas.
“I thought, ‘Hey, why not Angus? He’s a good dog, he’s smart. And I think he could provide better leadership than what we’ve had the last seven years in our state,'” Woolley said.
Gov. Sam Brownback and his lieutenant governor, Jeff Colyer, came into office seven years ago. This month, Brownback became the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the U.S. State Department and Colyer became governor. Terran Woolley, a registered dental hygienist in Newton, is the campaign committee chairman for Angus, and Terran’s wife, Tina Woolley, a vice president in charge of real estate loans at Central Bank and Trust Hutchinson, is the campaign treasurer. Babe, the couple’s smooth-haired Vizsla, would be the running mate for Angus. Max, the cat in the household, could be appointed to run the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The Kansas Constitution's Article 1 deals with executive offices. The final sentence says: "No person may be elected to more than two successive terms as governor nor to more than two successive terms as lieutenant governor."
Mark Skoglund, executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, said it would be up to Secretary of State Kris Kobach to determine if the dog can be a candidate.
“Basically, we’re going to wait for the secretary of state to make a decision on how they’re approaching it,” Skoglund said Monday. “Essentially, if they decide that that is a candidate, then we are statutorily obligated to proceed that that is a candidate,” Skoglund said.
"A dog will not be allowed to file and put its name on the ballot," said Bryan Caskey, director of elections in Kobach's office.
Terran Woolley said he was not sure of Angus' political party, but if he wanted to win in Kansas, he would have to be a Republican, he said. “We’ll have to get him a gun,” Woolley said, and Angus will have to be against abortion, he said. The platform that suits Angus is pro-Chuckit! ball and anti-squirrel,” Woolley said.
According to the American Kennel Club website's description of the Vizsla dog breed, the hunting dog has a personality that is “gentle, affectionate, energetic and eager.” The dog is good with children and, with supervision, good with other dogs.
The Vizsla "barks when necessary," the site said.