This time, such will not be the case. Several credible Democrats, including former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and ex-Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joe Svaty are already in the primary race, with others potentially joining. An Orman independent candidacy would badly hurt the eventual Democratic nominee in the general election because he will take left-of-center votes away from the party nominee and make it easier for Republicans to retain the top statewide office. Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.