The former chair of the McPherson County Republican Party has announced his candidacy to replace Sen. Clark Schultz in the 35th District.
Schultz, R-Lindsborg, is running for insurance commissioner, opening up the seat. Richard Wilborn, a 69 year-old insurance industry consultant, hopes to take his spot.
Wilborn spent 25 years as an executive with the Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Company and served as county Republican chair for 12 years before stepping down in 2012.
In a phone call, the McPherson resident said his platform is centered on economic development.
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“I think that’s what we have to do in Kansas is grow our state,” Wilborn said. “And spread the word about what a great place this is to live.”
He said the key is to offer incentives to businesses to move to Kansas and to create a strong economic climate through low taxes and limited regulation.