Former Kansas Gov. Colyer signals he’ll make 2022 governor bid

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Former Gov. Jeff Colyer

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW & AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is signaling that he’ll make a comeback bid in 2022.

The Republican took a step Friday required to raise money for the Kansas governor’s race and brought a granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower to his team.

Colyer stopped short of formally announcing his candidacy but described philanthropist Mary Eisenhower as joining “our campaign” as treasurer.

State law says a candidate must appoint a treasurer to accept contributions and the announcement came on “Jeff Colyer Governor” letterhead.

Colyer’s path to the GOP nomination and the right to challenge Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is far from open. Many Republicans expect state Attorney General Derek Schmidt to run.

The Kansas Democratic Party released this statement.

“The Brownback-Colyer Administration can be summed up in one word – disaster. It was a disaster for our economy, a disaster for our schools, a disaster for our roads and infrastructure, and a disaster for our foster care system. The last thing Kansans want, or need, is a return to the disastrous leadership that brought our state to its knees.”

KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt

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