Ex-GOP Leader Running For Kansas Secretary Of State

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach has formally announced he's running for secretary of state.

Kobach confirmed his plans Tuesday in a news release. Kobach appointed a campaign treasurer in January.

He was state GOP chairman for two years, stepping down in January so he could run.

He will face J.R. Claeys, of Salina, for the Republican nomination in the August 2010 primary. Claeys is a former CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors.

Incumbent Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, also a Republican, is running for governor.

Kobach, of Piper, is an attorney and University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor known as a conservative spokesman, particularly on immigration issues. In 2004, he was the unsuccessful GOP nominee in the 3rd Congressional District.

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