TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) - Former Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt officially filed as a candidate in the Republican primary for Kansas’ Second Congressional District Tuesday.

“I am grateful for the support I have received from Kansans in every part of the district since announcing my candidacy,” Schmidt said. “Kansans have expressed to me their frustration with Washington and their desire for strong leadership and a representative who will stand tall for our Kansas conservative principles. And that's exactly what I intend to do as the next U.S. Congressman from Kansas’ Second District.

In a statement, Schmidt's priorities include securing the U.S.-Mexico border, reduce spending and rein in intrusion by the federal government.

“Kansans know me. They know I have proven time and again that I will fight on behalf of our most vulnerable and to protect our way of life. I look forward to continuing to travel throughout the 27 counties of the Second District during the next 11 weeks until the primary, and on through the general election.”

Schmidt is running for the seat currently held by Jake LaTurner, who announced he would not be seeking reelection last month.