Chad Taylor, the district attorney in Topeka and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at an April 26 fundraiser for the South Sedgwick County Democratic Club.
Taylor is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m., followed by former Republican state Sen. Jean Schodorf, of Wichita, Shodorf is the presumptive Democratic Party nominee to challenge Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the November election.
Taylor said he will be talking about his candidacy challenging for the seat now held by longtime Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City. Roberts is facing a primary race against Milton Wolf, an Overland Park physician.
Taylor said the main issue he’ll address is “jobs, good-paying jobs and jobs with benefits.”
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He said too many young adults have to leave Kansas and family to find work that pays enough to live on. “I think that’s really tragic,” he said.
George Dean, president of the club, said money raised from a ham-and-bean dinner at the event will primarily be used to support area candidates for the state Legislature.
He said south Wichita Democrats think their best opportunity for a pickup is the 98th House District, the seat now held by Republican Rep. Steve Anthimides.
Anthimides is filling the unexpired term of former Rep. Phil Hermanson. Hermanson resigned in 2013, a year after winning a close race against former Democratic Rep. Geraldine Flaharty.
The Democrats’ dinner will be held at the Machinists Building, 3830 S. Meridian. Donations will be accepted.