Statement from Ed O'Malley, announcing the end of his 2018 gubernatorial campaign

We have created the largest, widest grassroots support of any of the current candidates. I will never forget those who have been a part of that effort. Nevertheless, I have realized that the funding necessary to remain competitive through August and then November is beyond our reach. Therefore, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that now is not the time for this candidacy.

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Another Failed Kobach-Led Organization

On January 3, the White House announced President Donald Trump had disbanded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This is just the latest example of a Kris Kobach-led effort that has failed.

"Whether it’s a failed congressional campaign, running our Kansas Republican Party to near bankruptcy or the numerous lawsuits lost, Kobach continues to show his inability to lead," said Ed O'Malley, Republican candidate for governor. "Now that President Trump has disbanded the voter fraud commission, we see that the only thing Kris Kobach accomplished was wasting taxpayer money."

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Kansas gubernatorial candidate Ed O'Malley gearing up for campaign

(Great Bend Tribune) Thursday morning, attendees at the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce coffee at Community Bank of the Midwest got a chance to meet Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed O’Malley. He’s the founder of the Kansas Leadership Center, located in Wichita, where countless business and community leaders have undergone leadership training over the years.

“I already have the best job in Kansas, but our state needs the kind of leadership that is taught there,” he said. So after months of conducting an exploratory campaign, in October he announced he would enter the race. He has been preparing for the upcoming campaign season since then, and is set to kick off a series of public forums throughout the state starting in January.

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Wichita GOP candidate outlines campaign goals

(The Hays Daily News) Former state Rep. Ed O’Malley said he decided to join a crowded GOP gubernatorial race largely because he believes Kansas needs “a new path” forward.

The Wichita Republican, who represented Johnson County’s 24th District in the House from 2003 to 2006, officially launched his campaign in October. Prior to that, he visited many communities as part of a listening tour that he said helped shape his campaign priorities.

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Governor hopeful Ed O'Malley stops in Great Bend

(Great Bend Post) The Kansas Governor’s race takes candidates all over the state to listen to and engage citizens in their vision as the next potential governor.

Ed O’Malley woke up in Hays Thursday morning, drove to Great Bend and then made stops in St. John and Medicine Lodge before returning home to Wichita to coach a basketball game. His busy schedule landed him at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee hour at Community Bank of the Midwest.

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Can a Moderate Republican Win in Kansas?

(OZY.com) He’s Midwestern all right. Looks you in the eye, dotes on his family, goes to church, makes sure to exercise. And standing in a nondescript Emporia parking lot on a November day, dressed in a black suit and orange tie and carrying a notebook and iPad, Ed O’Malley could well be selling encyclopedias — or Bibles.

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Ed O'Malley to Kris Kobach: Voting is Fundamental

According to a December 5 report in Newsweek, Kris Kobach prevented disabled Kansans from voting in a recent Sedgwick County election. Ed O’Malley, Republican candidate for governor, is frustrated by the news and has issued the following statement. 

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O’Malley campaign to host issue forums; first forum on gun violence due in January

(WIBW News) Republican candidate for Kansas governor Ed O’Malley is planning to spend time in 2018 listening to Kansans on what they think the state’s biggest issues are.

“We wanted to choose topics that are so important, but that candidates tend to avoid talking about,” O’Malley said. “The first topic will be gun violence. You can’t go anywhere in America today and not have a worry about the type of violence we’ve seen across the country potentially happening where you are. In January, we’ll hold the first forum of this series. We’ll do one a month.”

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Gubernatorial candidate Ed O’Malley to host forum on gun violence

Beginning in January, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed O’Malley will begin hosting monthly forums across Kansas to address some of the biggest challenges the state is currently facing. 

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Government should be limited but transparent

(The Kansas City Star - Guest Commentary) “What is Kansas trying to hide?” This recent headline in The Kansas City Star focused on an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in our public institutions: a lack of transparency and openness.

This is a troubling trend from the state capitol to local government.

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