Kobach lines up support from sheriffs

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has secured support from 10 county sheriffs in his bid for Kansas attorney general.

Kobach announced that he had support from Shawnee County Sheriff Brian Hill and nine others from across the state.

The announcement came a week after Republican state Sen. Kellie Warren received an endorsement from Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden.

Warren and Kobach have been building up their law enforcement credentials after former federal prosecutor Tony Mattive announced he was planning to run for the office as a Republican.

“I am glad county sheriffs recognize that I will hold the line, demanding justice for Kansas families when they are the victims of crime and defending our constitutional rights whenever the need arises,” Kobach said in a statement.

“I will do it as Attorney General, just as I’m doing it today.”

The other sheriffs endorsing Kobach were:

Bill Carr, Ford County
Kris Casper, Wichita County
Andy Dedeke, Leavenworth County
Kevin Friend, Linn County
Scott King, Pawnee County
John Merchant, Brown County
Brandon Mitchell, Ness County
Tim Morse, Jackson County
Vernon Valentine, Anderson County