Kansas Gubernatorial Candidate Kris Kobach Makes Campaign Stop in Concordia

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach made a campaign stop at Concordia's Broadway Plaza Friday, March 23rd. The stop was part of Kobach's western Kansas tour, which also included visits this week to Hutchinson, Great Bend, Dodge City, Garden City, Colby, Hays, Russell, Salina and Manhattan.

Kobach is the Secretary of State for Kansas, sworn in on January 10, 2011. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, Secretary Kobach was a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City from 1996 to 2011. He is also a nationally-recognized litigator who represents US citizens, cities, and states in cases involving illegal immigration across the country.

Kobach told KNCK News Friday about his decision to enter the 2018 race for Kansas governor.

Earlier this week, Kobach selected Wichita businessman Wink Hartman to serve as his running mate in his campaign for governor. Hartman suspended his campaign for governor in February, offering Kobach his endorsement just days after the two shared the debate stage at the Kansas GOP convention in Wichita last month.

Kobach shared his reasons for bringing Hartman onto the ticket.

Hartman was also in attendance at Friday's campaign stop in Concordia. Wink told KNCK News his broad business background makes him unique in the role of lieutenant governor.

Kobach is competing for the Republican nomination against current Governor Jeff Colyer, former state Senator Jim Barnett and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer. If elected, Kris told KNCK News he and Hartman plan to shake things up in Topeka.

The primary election will be held Tuesday, August 7th.