Kansas candidate’s running mate attends MB church

Katie Sawyer Katie Sawyer

The frontrunner to be the Republican nominee in this fall’s Kansas governor election has selected a woman who attends a Mennonite Brethren church to be his running mate.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced on June 1 that he selected Katie Sawyer as his running mate. A campaign announcement stated the Sawyer family raises crops and cattle on a McPherson County farm and attends Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman.

When contacted about Sawyer’s congregational membership, Zoar MB stated “she and her family attend regularly.”

Sawyer has been state director for U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall since the beginning of 2021, after serving as a district director for Marshall when he was a U.S. representative. Prior to that she was director of career services for two years at McPherson College in Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that at 38 years old, Sawyer would be the youngest Republican lieutenant governor in the U.S. if the Schmidt-Sawyer ticket is elected.

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