September 16, 2008
John Wilson is literally a fresh face on the Kansas political scene. This 24-year-old KU alum looks more like a clean-shaven grad student than the usual stuffed suits and liver spots you'd find moldering in the halls of Topeka. Given his youth and relative inexperience, few expected Wilson to make much of a dent when he threw his hat in the ring as the Democratic candidate against Tom Sloan, who's represented Lawrence and the 45th district in the state House for 14 years. Yet Wilson actually managed to out-raise his Republican opponent in campaign donations during the last filing quarter. Granted, Sloan still has tens of thousands of dollars more in the bank, but the enthusiasm generated by Wilson's campaign has stirred things up a bit. Wilson joined us to discuss his improbable campaign.