TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Former Gov. Jeff Colyer held a press conference Monday morning, April 19, and “officially” announced he was kicking off his campaign for Kansas Governor.
Senator Roger Marshall appeared with Colyer and endorsed his candidacy.
“I respect Roger Marshall for keeping his pledge, made in the heat of last year’s U.S. Senate primary, to swap endorsements with Jeff. After all, a deal’s a deal. But Kansas Republicans need to move forward, not return to the failures of 2018 when our incumbent governor was too weak to keep the nomination of our own party, much less stop Laura Kelly. The stakes are too high to risk losing again in 2022. I’m the only proven winner in this race — the only trusted leader Kansans can count on to defeat Governor Kelly and bring common sense and conservative leadership for our state.”Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General
Colyer said he “officially” was launching his campaign and called himself the only “conservative” candidate in the field.
The candidate outlined the sharp contrast between himself and the present governor Laura Kelly.
About 43% of Republicans recently said they will not get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey of just over 800 American adults.
Colyer said he would “encourage Kansans to get the vaccine.” He added, “..they need to make their own decision.”
Colyer called the endorsement a “major development” for his campaign.
Colyer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and businessman Chase LaPorte are part of the Republican ticket so far. Governor Laura Kelly said she will seek a second term.