Kansas GOP leader moves to run for elections post

AP:

TOPEKA | Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt took a big step Monday toward running for secretary of state by appointing a campaign treasurer, showing his strong interest in Kansas’ top job for running elections.

State law requires such an appointment before a candidate is allowed to start raising money. Although Schmidt said he was “very serious” about running, the Independence Republican stopped short of formally declaring his candidacy for the GOP nomination.

“I’ll make a formal announcement later this year,” Schmidt said during an interview. “I’ll be focusing on continuing a tradition of professionalism that Kansans have come to expect.”

Schmidt, 41, has served in the Senate since 2001 and has been its majority leader since 2005. He also is a former assistant attorney general.

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