Special to The Hays Daily News

OVERLAND PARK -- Overland Park businessman Dennis Anderson today formally announced his candidacy for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.

Anderson, a Democrat, was joined in the announcement by former first lady of Kansas Stacy Parkinson, who will serve as honorary chairwoman of the Anderson campaign. In November, Anderson completed preliminary filing documents that permitted him to solicit campaign contributions; today's announcement and attendant filing formalizes hsi candidacy.

The announcement follows mid-January news of Anderson's early fundraising success. The $60,000-plus reported by Anderson for insurance commissioner (period ending Dec. 31) placed the campaign at the forefront of all "down ticket" statewide races in Kansas for fundraising by Democrats.

Anderson's efforts were highly praised by Kansas Democratic Party leadership, including KDP Chairwoman Joan Wagnon, who called Anderson's efforts "outstanding."