Colyer confirms bid for full term as Kansas governor in 2018 - KCTV5

Colyer confirms bid for full term as Kansas governor in 2018

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Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer has announced that he is formally appointing a treasurer for his governor campaign committee with paperwork filed Tuesday. (Press Team Dr. Jeff Colyer for Governor) Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer has announced that he is formally appointing a treasurer for his governor campaign committee with paperwork filed Tuesday. (Press Team Dr. Jeff Colyer for Governor)
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he will seek a full, four-year term as Kansas governor in 2018 after assuming the office upon Gov. Sam Brownback's departure.

Colyer announced Tuesday that he appointed a treasurer for his campaign for the Republican nomination. He said in a statement that he is committed to doing the work necessary to win.

“Our state has known remarkable and tumultuous days. We have always emerged from them stronger and with increased resolve to reach for the stars through difficulties—Ad Astra per Aspera—together," Colyer said. "It’s time for a new day in Kansas. It’s time to listen, to lead, and to bring people together. I am fully committed to doing the work necessary to win the 2018 race for Governor, and today’s announcement is a first step toward that victory.”  

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.

Both Brownback and Colyer are conservative Republicans who ran together on a single ticket in 2010 and 2014.

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.

Colyer is a fifth-generation Kansan and an alumni of the Reagan Administration. As a doctor, he has traveled to countless war-torn countries working to bring healing and renewed hope to victims.

Colyer is married to Ruth Colyer, and together they have three daughters.

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