Northeast Kansas Prosecutor Taylor Won’t Seek Re-Election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he won’t seek re-election this year because he believes in term limits and it’s time for someone else to take on the job.

The two-term Democrat spoke at a news conference Friday. He was first elected district attorney in 2008 and re-elected without opposition in 2012.

Taylor gained national attention in 2014 over his aborted campaign for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Some fellow Democrats pushed Taylor to withdraw in September 2014 to give independent candidate Greg Orman a better chance of defeating Roberts.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued that Taylor didn’t comply with a law limiting when candidates can drop out and tried to block the move, but state courts sided with Taylor. Roberts eventually won re-election.