TOPEKA — The Ford County sheriff endorsed Republican candidate Tony Mattivi in the three-person primary for attorney general in Kansas.
Sheriff Bill Carr, who GOP candidate Kris Kobach has claimed as a supporter of his campaign, said Mattivi was the lone candidate for attorney general qualified to be the state’s top law enforcement officer. Mattivi, a former federal prosecutor, is running against Kobach and state Sen. Kellie Warren in the August primary.
“I endorse Tony Mattivi for attorney general because he’s the only candidate who is qualified for the job,” Carr said in a statement. “Tony is an experienced prosecutor who has tried some of our state and our country’s most challenging and complex cases.”
The southwest Kansas sheriff said the state’s next attorney general “should be a law enforcement professional, not a politician.”
Kobach, who served as Kansas’ secretary of state, ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for governor and in 2020 for U.S. Senate. Warren is a state senator representing Leawood, and has been endorsed by the Kansas Chamber’s political action committee. Mattivi worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor, eventually assigned to terrorism cases in Kansas.
Mattivi said the voters of Ford County could “count on me to fight for strong principles that support law enforcement and uphold the rule of law.”
During the campaign, Mattivi’s campaign has been endorsed by sheriffs, district attorneys, county attorneys and the Kansas State Troopers Association.
In July, Kobach announced endorsements from 10 sheriffs, including Carr in Ford County. Kobach’s campaign website lists Carr as a supporter of his campaign. That list also included sheriffs from Shawnee, Wichita, Leavenworth, Linn, Pawnee, Brown, Ness, Jackson and Anderson counties.
“Kris Kobach is a trusted conservative who will back the blue and protect the Constitution,” said Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse.
Lawrence attorney Chris Mann is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for attorney general. It’s an open seat given Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s campaign for governor.