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Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer Joins Race for Kansas Governor

Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.

Another Republican candidate is joining the race for Kansas governor. State Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has appointed a campaign treasurer so he can raise money for a run.

He says his experience in the Insurance Department and work as a certified public accountant make him qualified for the job of governor.

“People have seen the good work we’ve done in the Insurance Department. We’ve reduced our budget there and our expenditures in a thoughtful and calm way,” says Selzer.

Selzer says he could bring those same efforts to tackling state budget issues.

“Bringing efficiencies especially to the state. I think Kansans want to know that their state is operating in the most efficient way,” says Selzer.

Selzer expects the field of candidates for the state’s top job will continue to grow.

"I think the field will be quite broad...including others who haven't yet filed," says Selzer.

Other Republicans running include Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former state Senator Jim Barnett. The Associated Press says others who have appointed a treasurer include Wichita businessman Wink Hartman, Leawood businessman Patrick Kucera and ex-state Wichita Representative Ed O'Malley.

There are also multiple Democrats in the race, including former Ag Secretary Josh Svaty, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Olathe physician Arden Andersen and Wichita high school student Jack Bergeson.

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