The Kansas Secretary of State race is heating up. Current Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced he will run for Governor in 2018. There are three Republican candidates vying to replace him.
Kelly Arnold, the current chair of the Kansas GOP and the Sedgwick County Clerk, formally announced his candidacy for the role today, though he announced an exploratory committee this summer.
“I’m running to provide quality, efficient service to Kansas businesses and taxpayers,” Arnold said in a press release. “My experience as Sedgwick County Clerk along with my role supporting election officials all across the state gives me the right experience to serve as Secretary of State.”
Olathe Rep. Keith Esau announced his intentions to run to replace Kobach over the summer. Rep. Scott Schwab, another Olathe Republican, announced his campaign for the role in August.
State Sen. Marci Francisco, a Lawrence Democrat, told the Lawrence Journal-World on Monday that she will consider running for Secretary of State. However, she told the paper she won’t make a final decision until after the Nov. 7 local elections.