OVERLAND PARK – State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, a Democrat, formally announced Wednesday that he is running to hold on to his spot as the state’s top financial officer.
McKinney, a long-time Greensburg representative and House minority leader, kicked off his announcement tour the night before in his hometown and traveled east, stopping in Wichita and Topeka, then wrapping up in Overland Park.
He highlighted the work his office has done since he took over the position in January 2009. Among his first actions upon taking office was to cut his own salary to help save money. Since then the department has worked to do more with less money and adopted new technology to become more efficient, he said.
McKinney said the department has returned more than $14 million to Kansas families through the Unclaimed Property department, setting a new record in the number of claims and the amount of money returned for the program.
“I know that there are a lot of families out there who need to get their money back,” he said.
McKinney will face Republican Ron Estes of Wichita in the November election.
He also pointed to his work to improve the state’s housing construction loan program through working with home builders, Realtors, lenders and lawmakers to make the program more user friendly.
His work in the program illustrated his pragmatic approach to government, McKinney said.
“I hope to share with with the people of Kansas our belief in the scripture that tells us, in these hard times we may be hard pressed but we are not crushed, we may be perplexed but we are not in despair,” he said.