Schodorf to run for secretary of state
SALINA -- It's been rumored for weeks Jean Schodorf might run for Kansas Secretary of State -- and she confirmed those rumors Tuesday night in Salina.
Schodorf first was elected to the Kansas Senate, representing part of Wichita in 2000, and served three terms as a Republican, rising to assistant majority leader. She lost the August 2012 primary election to Michael O'Donnell as part of a statewide effort to remove moderate Republicans from the Senate. In September 2012, she announced she planned to switch her party affiliation to Democrat.
Schodorf was in Salina on Tuesday night for a meeting of the Saline County Democratic Party and announced her candidacy at the end of the gathering.
"Seventeen thousand Kansas voters are on the 'suspense list,' " she said. "We need to kick Kobach out."
The comment was directed at current Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his requirement people prove their U.S. citizenship when registering to vote. Approximately 17,000 people have filled out voter registration forms in Kansas but won't be allowed to vote until they also supply paperwork documenting citizenship.
Schodorf said after the meeting that she plans to officially file for office Oct. 11.