By BECKY KISER
“The Kansas Secretary of State’s office is in shambles because of inattention and a personal agenda by the current secretary of state.”
That’s the premise of Jean Schodorf, a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.
Schodorf, a former state senator serving from 2001 to 2013 and former Wichita school board member, campaigned in Hays on Thursday. She was a guest at the Hays Optimist Club noon lunch and, that evening, hosted a meet-and-greet event at Thirsty’s.
Schodorf switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat early in 2013 after she was defeated in the 2012 Republican primary by conservative challenger Michael O’Donnell.
She’s running on a three-point platform.
“I want to be a full-time secretary of state, not moonlighting in Arizona or Texas,” Schodorf said, a reference to Kobach’s work to help craft legal framework for stricter immigration laws in Arizona, Texas and elsewhere.
“You can solve Kansas problems if you’re here working,” she added.
One of those problems, contends Schodorf, is an unreliable, complicated office for new businesses to register to do business in the state.
“Everywhere I go to talk to Kansans, the issue is raised,” and it was brought up at the Hays meeting by local CPA Ken Beran on behalf of a client:
Schodorf also considers the current voter registration system broken, noting “many Kansans, including seniors and veterans, are losing their right to vote. There are 14,000 people on the ‘suspense’ list, unable to vote, although that number is down from the 20,000 it started with.”
Schodorf has another meet-and-greet” Friday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Burger King, 13th and Vine.