Primary opponents Claeys and Ensley endorse nominee Kris Kobach for Kansas Secretary of State

A press release from the campaign of Kris Kobach (pictured at right with his family), Republican nominee for Kansas Secretary of State.

Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach welcomed two important endorsements by his former primary opponents J.RClaeys and Elizabeth Ensley this week. Joining such public notables as Attorney General John Ashcroft and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, J.R.ClaeysSalina, and Elizabeth Ensley, Topeka, placed their full support behind Kobach as the official candidate to be Kansas’s next Secretary of State.

Claeys, a businessman from Salina and former CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors offered his endorsement, saying: “I support Kris Kobach because he shares my values and the values of Kansans who want their vote to count on Election Day.”

Claeys continued, calling on “all Republicans to unite behind our party’s nominees so we can defeat a slate of appointed Democrats in November.”

Likewise, Shawnee Co. Elections Clerk Elizabeth Ensley shared Claeys’ sentiment, saying: “I am pleased to put my support behind Kris Kobach for Kansas Secretary of State and hope for a clean sweep in November for all Republican candidates.”

In turn, Kobach expressed his appreciation, stating: “I am truly grateful to both J.R. and Elizabeth for their support and friendship. I greatly look forward to working with them in the coming months to ensure a Republican victory in November.”

Kobach, a law professor and co-author of Arizona’s recent immigration enforcement bill, SB1070, has championed laws requiring Photo ID at the polls and proof of citizenship upon registration. He will face Democrat incumbent Chris Biggs in November.


Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).


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