Shawnee County DA Chad Taylor Announces Senate Candidacy

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced Friday morning he is running as the only Democratic candidate for United States Senate in Kansas.

Taylor outlined his plans for candidacy as he plans to go up against Republican Senior Senator Pat Roberts, who was first elected in 1996, and Tea Party-backed Dr. Milton Wolf.

Taylor said he hopes to change what Congress has not been able to: fixing the economy and creating jobs.

"Congress spends far too much time in partisan rancor over issues that divide rather than unite our country," Taylor said. "Our present Senior Senator has abandoned his Midwest Kansas Values in favor of carrying the banner of the far-right in order to salvage his political career."

Taylor said he does not have 30 years experience as a D.C insider as Roberts, but said he has the perspective of what is really going on in Kansas.

"We've seen the trickle-down of decisions that were made to benefit special interests rather than the people of Kansas. [They] have not been helped by the way the decisions are made in Washington D.C. For too many years voters have held Congress in low self-esteem, and for good reason.

Taylor said he will tour Kansas, and hopes to have "105 debates in 105 counties," and said there will not be a fall-off in the DA's office thanks to his talented staff.

He said he is excited to file his first campaign finance report, and although he knows he won't be able to compete in fundraising with that of Roberts' campaign, he hopes to raise between $1.5 million to $2 million.

Taylor would face the winner of the Republican primary, either Roberts or Wolf, for the seat.

Taylor is the only democrat at this time running in the race.