He described himself as “a CPA, a conservative Republican focused on making Kansas more efficient and making it grow.”

“I have traditional Kansas values: rock-solid pro-life, rock-solid Second Amendment,” Selzer said.

In some of his advertising, Selzer has been outspoken in his support of President Donald Trump.

″“I appreciate his business background,” he said. “I appreciate his conservative approach to running government. I don’t have a similar style to the president. My style is more thoughtful, aggressive leadership that is based on basic business principles.”

The primary election will be Aug. 7 and the general election Nov. 6. Noon today is the deadline for candidates to file for election.

‘Rural by choice’

Sanderson grew up in Plainville. She and her husband live and own small businesses in Goodland.

“I’m rural by choice,” she said. “I’m in this to ensure our future generations can be rural by choice or at least Kansan by choice.”

“We wanted Jen on our ticket because of her deep roots in western Kansas,” Selzer said, which go back several generations.

He said he is the only Republican candidate with an agricultural background and the only one with a business background.

He said he would run the state the way he runs the state insurance office.

“We have reduced costs. We have increased productivity,” he said. “That’s why people asked us to run for governor, because they thought that ought to be applied to the broader state government.

“What we’re also bringing to the table that none of the other candidates are is a very direct and deep business background.”

He would apply that business experience to some of the state’s toughest problems, like paying for education.

Make accountable

After the Kansas Supreme Court said the state is not providing an equitable or adequate education for all students, the Legislature passed a plan adding more money to the education budget. The court will rule this summer if the plan addresses the problems.

“One of the issues is the definition of ‘suitability’ in our constitution,” Selzer said. “We need more definition and we will be supportive of a constitutional amendment to provide better definition of the word suitability.”

He also wants accountability.

K-12 education is the biggest part of the state’s expenditures, about $4.5 billion, he said. The Legislature passed a $300 million bill a year ago to help under-performers, he said, but included very little monitoring to see if the program was working.

“We need a champion for accountability in our school spending and in all of our major departments,” Selzer said. “The very basic point is we need more focus by the governor’s office and lieutenant governor on aligning the output on our $4.5 billion spent.”

“It is a huge spend that the state is making on K-12 education and very little demand for output for the jobs that are available. We can do a better job of that.”

Growing economy

Half of college graduates leave the state within five years, Selzer said, but little attention is paid to outmigration.

“I’m concerned about outmigration. When are we going to stop it? It becomes so important to provide that generation with jobs lined up with what the entire area might be looking for,” Sanderson said. “Private-public partnerships are coming on line like crazy. We’re going to champion for those.”

“We’ll never be able to invest in education. We’ll never be able to invest in infrastructure that some parts of our state so desperately need unless our economy is growing,” Selzer said. “We’re going to focus on that. Jen knows rural economic development.

“My business background, her business background, her passion for education, my passion for making Kansas grow is what Kansas needs right now. We don’t need an attorney. We don’t need a physician.”

Selzer is trailing in the polls behind Republican candidates Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an attorney, and Gov. Jeff Colyer and Jim Barnett, both physicians.

Selzer said one thing he would not do to address Kansas’ budget woes is allow a property tax rate increase.

“We will fight against that,” he said. “If you haven’t been leaning in on costs, you need more taxes. We’re going to be leaning in on costs.

“If our economy is growing, we won’t have that issue. It’s a simple basic economic that the other gubernatorial candidates don’t seem to understand or appreciate.”

One other thing sets him apart from his competition: He’s the only candidate to release his or her tax returns.

“I worked hard to be transparent in this campaign,” he said. “We can never have a fully transparent government if the leader is holding back.”