UPDATED: Brown elected state GOP chair


(Updated to add interview with Brown)

Republican upstart Mike Brown defeated longtime Republican activist Helen Van Etten to become the new chair of the state Republican Party.

Brown, a former Johnson County Commissioner, was elected to lead the Kansas Republican Party about six months after he unsuccessfully ran for secretary of state against Republican Scott Schwab in a campaign in which he sowed doubt about the outcome of state-run elections.

He edged Van Etten 90-88.

"Bold, conservative Republican leadership is what we need," Brown said in an interview.

"There should be no . . .


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