Selzer picks Sonic owner as gubernatorial running mate

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has picked the owner of a fast-food restaurant as his running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary race.

Selzer announced Monday that Jenifer Sanderson is his choice for lieutenant governor. She and her husband run a Sonic restaurant in Goodland in western Kansas.

Selzer says in a news release that she has a "record of working to create an environment for both financial growth and more freedom."

The release says she spent much of her working career in the community banking and financial management industry. She's also served on several boards, including for the Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Selzer is in a tough GOP primary race against Gov. Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former state Sen. Jim Barnett of Topeka.