J.R. Claeys, Kansas Secretary of State candidate, stopped in the Gardner News offices on July 14. Claeys, a former business advocate from Salina, faces law professor Kris Kobach and former Shawnee County Election Commissioner in the Aug. 3 Republican primary election. The winner will face one of two Democrats vying for the job -- incumbent Chris Biggs or state Sen. Chris Steineger in the general election. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable