Former Prosecutor, Cop Launches Campaign For Kansas Attorney General


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TOPEKA — Lawrence attorney and former police officer Chris Mann is the first Democrat to launch a campaign for the party’s nomination for Kansas attorney general.

Mann, who operates a private practice, worked as a police officer until struck by a drunk driver in 2002. He earned a law degree in 2010 from Washburn University and served as a prosecutor in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office and as a staff attorney at the Kansas Securities Commission.

He served as national board chairman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and was integral to passage of a Kansas law a decade ago requiring DUI offenders to have ignition locks installed in their vehicle.

Republican candidates seeking to replace Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is running for governor in 2022, include former Secretary of State Kris Kobach of rural Lecompton, state Sen. Kellie Warren of Lenexa and former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi of Topeka.

“In times like these, families need a champion in their corner. Not a politician, but a law enforcement officer focused on keeping people safe,” Mann said in a statement Tuesday. “Someone who will ignore politics and focus on the rule of law and standing up for Kansans.”

Mann was a member of the Lawrence Police Department when his career in uniform ended at age 25 after a drunk driver collided with his patrol car during a traffic stop.

“For years, I fought to heal, but I was ultimately forced to start over,” he said. “With much reflection, along with the help of my faith and family, I realized I could still serve the public just in the courtroom instead.”

He earned a law degree and prosecuted cases in Wyandotte County ranging from DUI to homicide. He was at the securities commission until opening a private practice five years ago.

He was on the MADD national board of directors from 2014 to 2020. The process of serving with MADD helped his healing process and compelled him to work toward legal reform of DUI statutes to stop offenders from hurting families and to support victims of accidents, he said.

“I’ve been a police officer, the victim and survivor of crime, a prosecutor and a private attorney,” Mann said. “I will bring a different set of experiences to this office at a pivotal time.”

He is married to Ashley Mann, a surgeon in Topeka. They live in Lawrence with their two children.

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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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