Will Kraus, the Republican state senator from Lee’s Summit, said Thursday morning that he’ll run for secretary of state in 2016.
That could pit him against Democratic incumbent Jason Kander, the state-lawmaker-turned-statewide-officeholder who once represented Kansas City in the House.
“I have thought long and hard about this decision, and prayed with my family to make sure this was the right choice, at the right time,” Kraus said in a statement.
“I believe we need better leadership in the Secretary of State’s office, both for Missouri’s voters and for our small businesses. I believe I can offer that leadership.”
Kraus is unopposed for a second Senate term this fall. He wouldn’t have to give up his seat if he runs for secretary of state and loses.
The state senator said he’s worked on election issues in the General Assembly, including laws designed to make it easier for military members to vote overseas. He also worked on legislation changing Missouri’s presidential primary date and on voter ID laws.
The secretary of state serves as the state’s chief elections officer.
Kraus, 41, serves as a major in the Missouri National Guard.