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5 in GOP run for Kansas insurance commissioner

Associated Press - August 3, 2014 11:15 am

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman has been endorsed by a group of former moderate Republicans in the Kansas Legislature who are unhappy with the state GOP's conservative leanings.

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman has been endorsed by a group of former moderate Republicans in the Kansas Legislature who are unhappy with the state GOP's conservative leanings.

Five Republicans are running for Kansas insurance commissioner and seeking to replace retiring three-term GOP Commissioner Sandy Praeger.

The GOP field in Tuesday’s primary includes state Sen. Clark Shultz, of Lindsborg. He formerly served in the Kansas House as its Insurance Committee chairman

Former state Rep. John Toplikar, of Olathe, is now a Johnson County commissioner.

Beverly Gossage is a health insurance consultant from Eudora with a solid following among conservatives who oppose the federal health care law.

David Powell is president of an El Dorado insurance agency and has tea party support.

Ken Selzer, of Leawood, is an accountant and executive with a firm providing coverage to insurance companies against catastrophic claims.

The winner will face Democrat Dennis Anderson. He is an Overland Park businessman.

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