The Sunflower State’s top legal officer soon will join Franklin County at the breakfast table.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is set to headline the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. April 23 at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa.
“Derek [Schmidt] is a prominent figure in Kansas politics and previously served a portion of Franklin County,” John Coen, president of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, said, adding that Schmidt previously represented two southwestern townships in Franklin County as a state senator. “We try to bring individuals who figure more into state politics either through their ability to affect state legislature or cover it with their journalist skill or comment on it.”
The annual event typically draws about 80 people, Coen said, adding that tickets are available for $10. The event previously has drawn such figures as Martin Hawver, editor and publisher of Hawver’s Capitol Report, Joan Wagnon, former Kansas secretary of revenue, and Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner.
Coen, who previously worked under Schmidt from 2006 to 2008 as a special assistant, said the attorney general will open with comments, and likely will leave time for questions from the audience.
“It will be a smaller group that has the opportunity to visit with Attorney General Schmidt to ask questions and hear his thoughts on different state issues,” Coen said. “It’s a great opportunity for the community.”
Local Republican official Helen Hood, Ottawa, agreed with Coen and said she was excited to attend the event. Hood said she was a fan of Schmidt after he served Franklin County as a state senator, adding that he frequently attended local gatherings.
“We’re big fans of Derek, and we were big fans before he went to Topeka,” Hood said. “He’s always been real friendly to everyone. ... He showed up to every event at the [Franklin County Farm Bureau] or [Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce] or about any place they had an event you could always plan on Derek being there. ... He’s passionate and dedicated to his profession.”
Noon today is the deadline to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets, which include a breakfast from Ransom Memorial Hospital, are available at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce office, 109 E. Second St., Ottawa.