TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has launched his campaign for governor in Kansas. The Republican announced his 2018 bid Thursday in Lenexa.
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The Kansas secretary of state was considered a candidate for a job in President Donald Trump’s administration. But he said he turned down positions in the White House and the Department of Homeland Security because he and his family wanted to stay in Kansas.
Kobach began advising Trump on immigration early last year during the presidential campaign and has been appointed by the president to a new commission on election fraud.
Kobach’s announcement comes just two days after Kansas legislators enacted a law rolling back income tax cuts championed by current Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Lawmakers did so by overriding Brownback’s veto. Kobach strongly criticized the move. Kobach is also a strong abortion opponent and gun-rights advocate.
The 51-year-old has been Kansas’ secretary of state since 2011.
Following Kris Kobach’s announcementthat he is running for governor in 2018, the Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party, John Gibson, released the following statement:
“It is the responsibility of the Kansas Democratic Party to elect a governor who is grounded in reality and represents the interests of all Kansans. That work is our focus. By nominating Kris Kobach for governor, the Republican Party would continue to endorse the failures of Sam Brownback. Whoever our colleagues on the other side of the aisle choose as their standard bearer, we look forward to a vigorous debate about the direction of our state.”