TOPEKA, Kan. — A northeast Kansas prosecutor has decided to run for the U.S. Senate and is the first Democratic candidate to publicly declare an interest in the race.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor confirmed Thursday that he'll seek the seat held by three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Roberts is seeking re-election but faces a GOP primary challenge from Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf.
Taylor said he will discuss his reasons for running during a Friday morning news conference at the Kansas secretary of state's office.
Taylor formed an exploratory committee in November, saying people were urging him to run because of their frustrations with gridlock in Washington.
Taylor was first elected district attorney in the county that includes Topeka in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.