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Schodorf to run for Secretary of State

SALINA, Kansas Former Republican state senator Jean Schodorf says she will run for Kansas Secretary of State next year as a Democrat.

Schodorf, from Wichita, confirmed her intention to run Tuesday during a meeting of the Saline County Democratic Party. Schodorf will challenge incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

After serving 12 years in the state Senate as a moderate Republican, she lost a bid for re-election after conservative Republicans targeted her for defeat in 2012. Schodorf switched her party affiliation to Democrat in September 2012.

Schodorf said she plans to officially file for office Oct. 11.

Kobach has long been an advocate of cracking down on immigration without documentation.

He has also been working on making Kansans show their ID to vote and says he welcomes the challenge of Schodorf running for office.

She certainly has a different perspective on the issue. So, it will give voters a clear choice if she makes it through the primaries. So, if she makes it through the primaries voters will have a clear choice between someone who wants to keep photo ID in place and someone who wants to dismantle it, said Kobach.

Schodorf says she is up to challenge and say we need big changes in the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Mission Hills businessman Randy Rolston already has filed to run for the Democratic nomination.



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