Dennis Taylor has been a busy man in his candidacy for Secretary of State.  Speaking at the offices of the Wellington Daily News just after speaking in Winfield, Taylor showed no signs of slowing down.  He is one of several Republican Party candidates speaking Thursday evening at the Raymond Frye Complex.  
The driving factor in Taylor’s campaign is his concern regarding the security of our elections.  Taylor said that there has been no auditing of the data currently on file.  According to his campaign literature, he disagrees that the 2013 legislative changes made Kansas elections more secure.  He believes that state election systems are vulnerable.  “Twenty-one states in the 2016 election had their database hacked. We need to be doing more in the area of systems security.”
He went on to add that ““Twenty-percent of our counties vote on machines, but do not provide a verifiable paper ballot.”
As a part of his plan, he would back up votes with voter-verified paper ballots in all counties.
Taylor has been a life-long Kansan, born in Topeka to parents who were both Topeka civic leaders.  He worked his way up the ladder, working as a research attorney for two Kansas Supreme Court Justices before entering private law practice.  He then went on to be elected Shawnee County Commissioner before working in various positions in state government for then-Governor Mike Hayden.  
He has been married for 27 years to his wife, Karen, and they live in Topeka.  
In the 1990s, he worked for the State Department in Eastern Europe, “overseeing elections in Eastern Europe, to try and make it more democratic after the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
Taylor touts his experience working in the various levels of government over the years.  “What this primary has amounted to is an extended job interview.  I would hope that people would want to hire someone who has done a job like this before.  Nobody else has that kind of management skill or experience that I have had.  Here is what I believe, here is my experience doing it.  I think management and communication are the two most important things in a job like this.”
He minces no words in comparing himself to the previous eight years of Kris Kobach, saying, “I think we can do better than we have been doing.  People want real professional change.”
In his travels around the state, he said people believe that “ our Secretary of State staff does a good job, but they are suffering from leadership issues.  They are certainly looking forward to a new Secretary of State in January.”
In the days and weeks leading up to the August primary, he has no regrets, saying, “I am getting up every morning and working hard as I can.  I have no idea of what opinion polls might say.  People have been very nice.  I have gotten good feedback.  Probably other candidates are saying the same thing.”