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Colyer, Schmidt, Marshall, Kobach, others consider 2020 U.S. Senate run

Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won’t seek re-election.

The Hays native said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are “strongly looking at” the race.

A spokesman said Attorney General Derek Schmidt would be speaking to family, friends and supporters. Schmidt told reporters Monday, “Why wouldn’t you look at it?”

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Saturday on SiriusXM radio’s “CPAC 365” program that he will seriously consider the race. Schlapp grew up in Wichita.

Republican Rep. Roger Marshall also is considering the race.

Another potential GOP candidate is departing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He lost the governor’s race in November after defeating Colyer in the primary.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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