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Rep. Jim Ward To Announce Run For Kansas Governor

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A top Kansas lawmaker has named a campaign treasurer in an ethics filing in preparation of a run for Kansas Governor.

Kansas House Democratic Leader Jim Ward of Wichita made the filing Tuesday, naming former Kansas Democratic Party chairman Lee Kinch to the post. The form enables Ward to begin fundraising.

Ward plans to make an official announcement on Saturday.

Gov. Sam Brownback is serving his second term and is ineligible run again. President Donald Trump has nominated him to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The timing of a U.S. Senate vote on his nomination and Brownback’s ultimate resignation upon confirmation is uncertain.

Democrats in the race include former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer, former state representative Josh Svaty, and 16 year old Wichita student Jack Bergerson. Republican candidates include Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer and current Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer who would finish Brownback’s term if he does indeed resign as expected.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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