Saturday, April 28, 2007

Carlos Mayans: No regrets and exploring new paths

When former Mayor Carlos Mayans goes to Sam's Club to pick up a couple racks of ribs, people still put out their hands and open their arms like they did a few months ago. The sprinkler guy comes up to his door with wet hands, eager to shake hands. Letters have filled his mailbox and his supporters, friends and family are as close as ever.

"How can you be saddened by that?" Mayans asked in a wide-ranging conversation with The Hall Monitor on Friday.

People ask if he'll run for another public office. He tells them the rumors about a run for a state senate seat are just that -- rumors. But, he said, "I'm not saying I will never run again."

He's been meeting with a lot of people about opportunities in business and other organizations, but he's not interested in publicizing that, except to say he's not getting back into the insurance business. For now, he's trying to find something challenging that he can have fun with, he said. He's reading Foreign Policy, the Washington D.C.-based global politics magazine, as well as books about American cities and China's complicated rise. He's even explored work with the human rights group Amnesty International. "My biggest challenge is trying to rest," said Mayans, who, as mayor, was known to keep himself so busy he'd just drink a Slim-Fast shake for lunch.

Mayans said he has no regrets about the April election, where he was easily ousted by Carl Brewer. "It wasn't one thing," he said. "Not the money, not the media, not the organization. It just didn't feel right the whole time. But I've got a lot to be thankful for."

"How many people can say they're in the annals of history?" said Mayans, who also spent a decade in the Kansas House of Representatives. "There's not a lot of people that get to do that."

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