Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he will seek a full, four-year term as Kansas governor in 2018. He will assume the office in the next few weeks upon Gov. Sam Brownback’s departure if he is confirmed for a federal diplomatic position.
Brownback has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom. Brownback has not set a date for stepping down as governor.
Colyer, formerly of Hays and a Thomas More Prep-Marian graduate, announced Tuesday he appointed a treasurer for his campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. He said in a statement that he is committed to doing the work necessary to win.
The race for the GOP nomination already is crowded with six other candidates that include Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.