Friday, August 01, 2014

Democrat running for Kansas AG

By The Herald Staff | 4/28/2014

TOPEKA — Incumbent Derek Schmidt has a challenger in the race for Kansas attorney general.

A.J. Kotich, a Topeka attorney, formally announced his bid to seek the seat on the Democratic ticket. Kotich previously served as chief legal counsel to three state agencies under seven Kansas governors, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. He hopes to square off in the general election against Schmidt, a Republican finishing his first four-year term, if both men make it through the party primaries in the race.

TOPEKA — Incumbent Derek Schmidt has a challenger in the race for Kansas attorney general.

A.J. Kotich, a Topeka attorney, formally announced his bid to seek the seat on the Democratic ticket. Kotich previously served as chief legal counsel to three state agencies under seven Kansas governors, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. He hopes to square off in the general election against Schmidt, a Republican finishing his first four-year term, if both men make it through the party primaries in the race.

Kotich assigned a treasurer and a exploratory committee in January, stirring up rumors he would run for the position. He made it official late last week and began taking shots at his opponent.

“Since we formed our exploratory committee, we’ve spoken with hundreds of Kansans about the current attorney general,” Kotich said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. “I am convinced now more than ever that Kansans need an attorney general who won’t be missing in action while advancing a political career during the next four years.”

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

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