Former congressional candidate vying for Kansas treasurer



Sara Hart Weir, former president of the National Down Syndrome Society, speaks during the Republican Candidates Debate for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2020.

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A former executive with an advocacy group for people with Down syndrome has launched a campaign for the treasurer of the state of Kansas.

Sara Hart Weir said in an email to supporters on Monday that she planned to take a “conservative and alien approach to problem solving.”

Weir joins State Senator Caryn Tyson of Parker, State Representative Steven Johnson of Assaria and Michael Austin, a former economic adviser to former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, in seeking the Republican nomination for the treasurer position. The primary takes place in August 2022.

The incumbent is Democrat Lynn Rogers, who was Lieutenant Governor until Governor Laura Kelly appointed him in December to fill the vacant position created when Treasurer Jake LaTurner was elected to Congress.

Weir served as President and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society for over four years before launching a campaign in 2019 for the Kansas City area congressional seat held by Democrat Sharice Davids. She lost the primary to Amanda Adkins, a former executive at medical information technology company Cerner Corp.

In his campaign ad for state treasurer, Weir touted his work in 2014 on bipartisan legislation that created savings accounts with tax benefits for people with disabilities and their families.

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