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Kansas Republican Party has new state chairman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Republicans have picked a Wichita party activist who serves as Sedgwick County clerk as the state GOP's new chairman.

Kelly Arnold was the Kansas GOP's vice chairman for the past two years. He has been both executive director and chairman of the Sedgwick County party.

He also was the Kansas GOP's finance director and the treasurer for the National Young Republicans.

The Republican State Committee elected Arnold during the party's annual convention over the weekend in Hutchinson.

Arnold will replace Amanda Adkins, who chaired the state party for four years before deciding to step down. Adkins is an executive for the health information technology firm Cerner Corp.

Arnold is 34 years old. He was first elected Sedgwick County clerk in 2008 and won re-election last year.