Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Democrat organizing AG challenge

By The Herald Staff | 2/3/2014

TOPEKA — Democrat A.J. Kotich filed paperwork this week appointing a treasurer for an exploratory committee for his Kansas Attorney General bid. The treasurer’s appointment allows Kotich to test viability of a statewide campaign, according to a news release.

Kotich previously has served as chief legal counsel to three state agencies under seven Kansas governors. He would oppose incumbent Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is a Republican finishing his first four-year term, if both men made it through the party primaries in the race.

TOPEKA — Democrat A.J. Kotich filed paperwork this week appointing a treasurer for an exploratory committee for his Kansas Attorney General bid. The treasurer’s appointment allows Kotich to test viability of a statewide campaign, according to a news release.

Kotich previously has served as chief legal counsel to three state agencies under seven Kansas governors. He would oppose incumbent Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is a Republican finishing his first four-year term, if both men made it through the party primaries in the race.

“I have over 30 years of exemplary public service, and I want to bring that experience to the office of Kansas Attorney General,” Kotich said in the release. “Kansans need an attorney general with a proven track record.”

Kotich, a graduate of Washburn University Law School in Topeka, also served as a special assistant attorney general under each of the former Kansas attorneys general, beginning with Bob Stephen.

Kotich has outlined his initial issues as protecting seniors and veterans, combating violent crime, and improving efficiency within the office of attorney general, he said, while listening to Kansans about the important issues facing them as well.

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