Leavenworth Times: Gubernatorial candidate hopes to spur growth in Kansas' economy

Ken Selzer has served as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner since 2015. He is running for governor of Kansas. In this Q5, he talks about why it is important for him to serve and help his state.

Ken Selzer has served as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner since 2015. He is running for governor of Kansas. In this Q5, he talks about why it is important for him to serve and help his state.

1. Ken, why do you want to be governor of Kansas? What initially attracted you to government leadership and what offices have you held? What other jobs have you held that have provided good experience for government leadership?
I am a CPA and a businessman. Four years ago I ran for my first statewide elected office after a successful career in business. 
Since then we have brought basic business practices to the Insurance Department, successfully reducing costs and sharply improving productivity and customer service. We have been ranked as one of the very best insurance departments in the nation by an independent organization, while operating at a lower cost with improved service to Kansans. 
I will do the same for the broader state government.

2. With a recent poll (Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute for Public Affairs) showing that nearly two-thirds of Kansans think that their state is on the wrong track, what are your goals for ‘getting Kansas back on track’ if you become governor?
We are definitely on the wrong track when the state’s economy in 2017 was dead last in the Midwest and is one of the very worst in the U.S. 
We will make Kansas grow. That will happen when we have a governor who understands that he needs to be a champion for our state, both in marketing our state and our products and in developing new markets for Kansas products. 
A governor should be outfront, always advocating for the state, in seeking new opportunities for its products and industries, and in championing the issues that will help make it grow.

3. f those polled, 77 percent said they were concerned about the state’s economy. How concerned are you about this and what would you do to ensure a prosperous financial future in Kansas?
I am very concerned about our economy, especially the ag part of it. So much of the Kansas economy is driven by ag. We need a governor that grew up in ag and is connected to ag, preferably with a business background like I have. 
We will never be able to invest in infrastructure, education, and other essential areas if our economy doesn’t grow. It doesn’t appear that Colyer and Brownback understood this basic concept.

4. As Kansas Insurance Commissioner, what has this position taught you that would serve you well as governor?
We quickly proved that we can reduce costs and improve productivity and customer service. We know we can hold vendors accountable for results or replace them. We know that encouraging and motivating employees is critical to the success of government. 
Kansas can and will do better under our leadership.

5. Does Kansas have great potential for growth and prosperity? How can the state ensure a dynamic economic environment for those who live in the state and also attract new businesses?
Kansas has tremendous potential. We see it in the ag-driven states around us. We lead in a number of industries. We have a motivated and highly productive workforce. 
We will leverage all of these assets as we rebuild the Kansas economy. We will always lean in on costs and work very hard to make Kansas grow!

 

[via Leavenworth Times]


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