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Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer Joins Race For Kansas Governor

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has appointed a treasurer for a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

Selzer filed the form last week with the secretary of state's office. Appointing a treasurer allows him to legally accept contributions.

Five other Republicans have appointed treasurers: Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former state Sen. Jim Barnett of Topeka, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman, Leawood businessman Patrick Kucera and ex-state Rep. Ed O'Malley of Wichita.

Pro-marijuana activist and Wichita businesswoman Jennifer Winn still has an active campaign committee from her unsuccessful 2014 bid for the GOP nomination.

Four Democrats have appointed treasurers: ex-Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, Olathe physician Arden Andersen and Wichita high school student Jack Bergeson.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News Service.