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Senate candidate visits northwest KS

7/1/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

It's been more than 80 years since a Democrat from Kansas was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Chad Taylor hopes to change that in November, and is making a run for the Senate seat currently held by Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

The 40-year-old Shawnee County native is making his way around the state to listen to the concerns of fellow Kansans and the issues they face.

Hays was the turnaround point on a tour of five Kansas cities for Taylor on Monday.

He and his campaign manager stopped at Salina and Russell, and they were scheduled to go through Concordia and Clay Center on the return trip.

He plans to get to all parts of the state before the Aug. 5 primary, then retrace his steps after the primary.

"What I've gleaned from traveling around the state, the thing I'm hearing over and over again is the lack of leadership in our country, the lack of leadership in our state," he said.

"The people who have gotten us into this situation aren't going to be the ones who lead us out."

Taylor grew up on a farm near Topeka and attended the University of Kansas.

He was elected district attorney in Shawnee County in 2008 and again in 2012 with no opposition.

He announced his desire to run for the senate in November and formally launched his campaign in February.

"A lot of the folks around the state I've been talking to, I saw where people were extremely tired of this hyper-partisan environment where the only thing we care about is the other party losing," he said.

"Our nation is losing because of that."