Schodorf will challenge Kobach

schodort “I’ll be a full-time Secretary of State,” Jean Schodorf said today in announcing her candidacy for that office.  Schodorf is challenging incumbent Kris Kobach.

She is a former Wichita school board president and state senator.  Schodorf  is running in the Democratic primary. Randy Rolston of Mission Hills also is running.

“The taxpayers pay for a full-time Secretary of State.  My opponent has earned a lot of money moonlighting as a lawyer, lobbyist, and consultant for outside interests on our time.  I think that’s wrong,” Schodorf said.

“Kansas families and businesses pay a lot of money in taxes and we expect government agencies to do the job they are supposed to do.  And whether you are waiting 5 hours to renew your driver’s license, or waiting 30 minutes on hold at the Secretary of State’s office, the fact is that our government is not getting the job done.”

Jean Schodorf

Jean Schodorf

Schodorf said Kobach is focusing on his own personal agenda and ignoring Kansans.  “In fact, instead of helping persons register to vote, he relishes the fact that 17,200 people are on the suspense list.  He calls them ‘casual registrants.’  I call them Kansans who did the right thing and registered to vote.  That is why I am running for Kansas Secretary of State.”

Schodorf outlined her agenda at a Wichita news conference:

Transparency. There will no more secrets at the Secretary of State’s office…no more six-week gaps in official schedules…no more sneaking out of state to Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, or anywhere else to work on other projects.

Make the office business friendly. Schodorf will reorganize the office and employ new technologies so that people trying to register a new business will not have to wait on hold for 30 minutes or more.  She will prioritize fixing the agency’s website so Kansans can easily find what they are looking for.

Fix the voter registration mess. Because of Kris Kobach’s failed leadership, over 17,000 Kansans are being denied the right to vote. Many of them are women, seniors, and veterans. The solution is very simple:  We need to use technology to link up the Secretary of State to the Office of Vital Statistics to verify birth certificates instantaneously. There is no excuse for having two state agencies just blocks away from each other failing to communicate and coordinate.

As a state senator, Schodorf was the Assistant Majority Whip in the Senate and chaired three committees, including the Senate Education Committee.  She also served on the critical Ways and Means Committee.

Schodorf has a PhD from Wichita State University and works as a Speech/Language Pathologist.