Meet the Republican candidates for governor of Kansas

Posted at 8:28 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 12:10:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doctors, businessmen and high school students — there's a lot of variety among this year's Republican candidates for governor of Kansas.

This year’s race for Kansas governor has the second-largest field of candidates since 1908 when the state began holding primary elections.

Seven Republicans and five Democrats will be included on the August 7th primary ballot.

Here are the candidates for the Republican parties:

Jim Barnett

  • Occupation: Physician
  • Past: State Senate from 2001-2010, ran for governor in 2006
  • Running mate: Rosie Hansen, his wife and a former foreign services officer
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Jeff Colyer

  • Occupation: KS Governor and plastic surgeon
  • Past: Lt. Governor from 2011-2018, Kansas House from 2007- 2009 and Kansas Senate from 2009-2011
  • Running mate: Tracey Mann, Lt. Governor

Kris Kobach

  • Occupation: KS Secretary of State
  • Past: Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, 2007- 2009
  • Running mate: Wink Hartman, Wichita businessman and former Republican gubernatorial candidate
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Patrick Kucera

Tyler Ruzich

Ken Selzer

  • Occupation: Kansas insurance commissioner
  • Past: Executive managing director of brokerage and insurance services firm
  • Running mate: Jennifer Sanderson, Goodland businesswoman
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Joseph Tutera Jr.