Garden City Telegram, July 23, 2005
By SCOTT ALDIS-WILSON
John Doll used to tell the kids he coached they can sit on the sideline to whine or they can go out and make a difference. This year, he's taking his own advice on a campaign for Congress.
The former teacher and coach said he already has spoken to the chairman and executive director of the Kansas Democratic
Party this week about running for U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran's seat representing the 1st Congressional District and intends to
assemble his team next week before he begins raising money.
"When you're the underdog, you can't start too early," he said.
Doll, 47, said he decided to run after seeing high gas prices, a recent legislative special session on funding education and
other things, he wanted to do something about it.
"I just think we can do better than what we're doing," he said Friday afternoon.
Even amid speculation Moran might run for governor of Kansas, Doll said, he plans to run whether the incumbent is his
opponent or not.
"I'm going to run as a Democrat, but I'm going to run as a conservative Democrat," Doll said.
Doll said he taught primarily government and some political science, as well as coaching sports for the last 19 to 20 years,
most recently at Ingalls High School, where he also coached basketball and football, and Scott City High School before that.
A resident of Garden City for the last 12 to 14 years, he has operated his lawn care business, Doll's Spraying Service, for
nearly a decade.
Two particular issues he would like to address, he said, are trade agreements for agricultural exports, as well as economic
"We need to bring industry to the 1st District," he said. "I don't understand why we don't have ethanol plants popping up."
As a former teacher, he said, he is against the federal No Child Left Behind mandate.
"My first bill that I would introduce, if I was elected, would be to repeal No Child Left Behind," he said.
The system might look good on paper, he said, but in practice and with minimal funding, it does not work.
Other than that, he said, he will begin making plans to try to make it to all 69 counties covered in the district, often dubbed "The Big First" because of the area it covers.
"I think my strongest attribute is I just like people," he said. "The one thing I won't do is get outworked."