Two Republican candidates for governor visited Leavenworth this week.

Two Republican candidates for governor visited Leavenworth this week.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer spoke Monday at a Leavenworth County Republican Women meeting. The two gubernatorial candidates also were interviewed by the Leavenworth Times.

Kobach, 52, said he is a consistent conservative, and he is frustrated by what he sees as a lack of progress on conservative issues in Topeka.

Kobach said he wants to cut state income and sales taxes and reduce spending.

“Kansas doesn't have a revenue problem,” he said. “Kansas has a spending problem.”

Kobach opposes in-state college tuition for Kansas residents who are in the country illegally. He also opposes counties within the state being ‘sanctuary counties” for undocumented immigrants.

Kobach has been the secretary of state since 2011. He argues his time in the office has proven that he keeps his promises.

“I do what I say I'm going to do,” he said.

He argues that Kansas has the most secure elections in the country with requirements such as voter identification at polling places.

Last month, a federal judge found Kobach in contempt of court in a case involving state voting laws.

Kobach blames the civil contempt finding on some county officials not following through on instructions related to a judge's order. He said the contempt order is being appealed.

Selzer, 65, identifies himself as a conservative Republican and said he wants to focus on economic growth in the state.

“We need to be thinking about the future of Kansas,” he said, instead of reacting to things that already have happened.

Selzer said he always will be a champion for the agricultural, aviation, manufacturing and service industries in the state.

He said many workers have left Kansas. He said Kansas needs to recruit the people who have left back to the state.

Selzer said he has experience as a businessman as a certified public accountant and in the insurance industry.

He has served as the Kansas insurance commissioner since 2015.

He said Kansas government can be less costly and more effective.

He said the number of employees in his department has decreased by 20 percent while he has been the insurance commissioner.

“At the same time, productivity has shot way up,” he said.

He said Kansas needs a governor who leads by example on a number of issues including transparency in government.

On Monday, Selzer announced that he had chosen Jenifer Sanderson, a Goodland businesswoman, to be his running mate.

In March, Kobach announced Wichita businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Wink Hartman as his running mate.

Kobach and Selzer remain in a field of Republican candidates for governor that includes current Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The primary election is Aug. 7. The general election will take place Nov. 6.

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