TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Kansas City-area attorney Barry Grissoms kickoff came three days after former U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda formed a campaign committee to run for the Democratic nomination next year. State Sen. Barbara Bollier, another Kansas City-area Democrat, confirmed Monday that she met with party officials in Washington last week and is also considering entering the race.
Four-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not seeking re-election in 2020, and at least 16 prospective candidates in both parties have expressed interest in the race. Grissom has been considering the race for months and tweeted weeks ago that he had decided to run.