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New Candidate Adds Wrinkle to Kansas Secretary of State Race

Representative Scott Schwab speaking in 2015. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Candidates are lining up to run for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s job. The latest entrant has been feuding with Kobach over a claim he’s made in his campaign for governor.

Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Scott Schwab has now filed to appoint a campaign treasurer, which is a first step to explore a run for secretary of state. Schwab didn't respond to requests for comment, but he’s taken issue with Kobach’s campaign claim that there’s corruption in the Legislature.

“He’s insulting my integrity. He’s going to back it up,” Schwab said at a legislative meeting this month.

Schwab is helping draft a letter from lawmakers demanding Kobach spell out his allegations. If there is corruption, Schwab wants to take action by the end of the session.

“We need to know and then we need to make sure by sine die next year it no longer exists,” said Schwab.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Kobach’s office said they’ll respond when lawmakers actually send a request for details.

The chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, Kelly Arnold, and Republican Representative Keith Esau are also vying to succeed Kobach as secretary of state.

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