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Kris Kobach announces run for Kansas Attorney General

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 10:41 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Kris Kobach has officially launched his run for Kansas Attorney General on Thursday.

A small crowd gathered at the historical Sedgwick County Courthouse for the former secretary of state’s announcement.

Kobach cited President Joe Biden’s administration as a reason for his run for attorney general.

“Looking back on it all, I think this is the one office that would have the biggest impact in fighting back against the Biden administration and unconstitutional actions. A Governor can protest and make speeches, but really doesn’t have the authority to stop those actions. A Senator can vote but won’t be able to stop those actions. An attorney general can actually go to court and stop those actions. For this time, this is what I think I was meant to do,” said Kobach during his speech outside the old Sedgwick County Courthouse on Thursday.

An earlier campaign filing showed that Kris Kobach intended to run for Kansas Attorney General in 2022. The filing, posted Wednesday, appointed Laura Tawater as his treasurer for his attorney general campaign. Tawater is the First District chair for the Kansas Republican Party.

Kobach was Kansas’ secretary of state from 2011-2019 before a failed run for governor in 2018 and a run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Kansas Chamber President and CEO Alan Cobb released the following statement about Kris Kobach’s announcement today that he is running for Kansas Attorney General:

“The next attorney general of Kansas needs to be someone who is trusted, competent, and focused on Kansas. Our state needs a chief legal advocate dedicated to protecting our rule of law and ensuring a stable legal climate. The Kansas business community has great concerns whether Kris Kobach, as attorney general, can adequately and effectively represent Kansas businesses and individuals successfully in court. Kobach’s candidacy puts too much at risk.”

Kansas’ current attorney general, Derek Schmidt, launched a run for governor in March.

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