John Toplikar may run for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.
Toplikar currently sits on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners. He served in the Kansas House for a number of years. He's is probably most widely-known for a sign-stealing incident. (He may have been set up. I've written about it before here.)
If he throws his hat into the ring, Toplikar faces a crowded field in the Republican primary. There are at least
1. Beverly Gossage. She is also from Johnson County, I think, and is an insurance agent, I think.
2. Ken Selzer. I don't know anything about him. According to his Facebook page, he went to University of Southern California. (This is the kind of thing -- being from California -- that is a strike against him. That's probably not fair, but if he actually grew up in southern California, I don't know how he could escape without some of their wonky values.)
3. David Powell. He's run for insurance commissioner before. I think his bumper stickers and signs were yellow.
4. Rep. Clark Shultz. I think he's from McPherson-ish area.
It's important to note that before this insurance commissioner free-for-all, the GOP insiders fully expected Aaron Jack to file and win the statewide office. Jack was the Kansas Securities Commissioner. He was caught with his pants down, err, caught sending letters, err, caught doing stuff that doesn't make a lick of sense, and summarily fired from his job at KS securities. That pile of mental-instability probably flamed his chances at a future in politics, although I say that knowing that Eliot Spitzer and Carlos Danger attempted to re-enter public life, so who knows.
The current insurance commissioner is Sandy Praeger. She's a "Republican," but you can't tell by talking to her. She's Kathleen Sebelius' BFF. She thinks ObamaCare is awesome. She can't be ushered out the door fast enough. She's is the closest thing to a Democrat in statewide office in Kansas. Democrats have yet to field a candidate to replace her.
Most Kansans have absolutely NO idea what the insurance commissioner does. You can count me among that number. I think she goes around and talks to people about insurance. She probably has other responsibilities.
Long story short: The race for Kansas Insurance Commissioner is wide, wide open. It's anyone's game.