Two men running for Kansas governor say they support the creation of a statewide office to handle complaints about government practices.
Democrats Josh Svaty and Carl Brewer said they support establishment of a state auditor position after a Kansas City Star editorial on Sunday proposed it. The move is opposed by Republican candidate and Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Rep. Jim Ward is the House Democratic leader and a candidate for governor. Ward says Kansas needs more government transparency and accountability, stopped short of supporting an auditor.
The Legislature has an auditing arm, but it only investigates issues at the direction of a legislative committee.
Creating such a position would entail a state constitutional amendment requiring approval from two-thirds of the Legislature and most voters.