SALINA, Kansas – Former Republican state senator Jean Schodorf says she will run for Kansas Secretary of State next year as a Democrat.
Schodorf, from Wichita, confirmed her intention to run this week to KSN’s Craig Andres. She will face self-professed controversial Secretary of State, Kris Kobach if she makes it out of the primary.
“Sure, I am very much up for the challenge,” says Kobach. ” Some people on the left do not like the fact that in my spare time I spent time to litigate and try to stop illegal immigration.It’s just something I believe in and I’d rather do that than spend my spare time playing golf.”
After serving 12 years in the state Senate as a moderate Republican, she lost a bid for re-election after conservative Republicans targeted her for defeat in 2012. Schodorf switched her party affiliation to Democrat in September 2012.
Schodorf said she plans to officially file for office Oct. 11.
“Ms. Schodorf switched parties,” says Kobach. “She said she was a Republican and now she’s a Democrat. She also switched her position on photo ID. She voted for the photo ID law in the Kansas legislature. Now she says she is against it.”
But Schodorf says she wants new leadership and says Kobach should focus more on election returns being timely, rather than working on immigration issues.
Kobach has long been an advocate of cracking down on immigration without documentation.
He has also been working on making Kansans show their ID to vote and says he welcomes the challenge of Schodorf running for office.
“She certainly has a different perspective on the issue. So, it will give voters a clear choice if she makes it through the primaries. So, if she makes it through the primaries voters will have a clear choice between someone who wants to keep photo ID in place and someone who wants to dismantle it,” said Kobach.
Schodorf says she is up to challenge and say we need big changes in the office of Kansas Secretary of State.
Mission Hills businessman Randy Rolston already has filed to run for the Democratic nomination.