PITTSBURG — Secretary of State Kris Kobach came to Pittsburg Thursday to meet with business leaders, see local landmarks and projects, and speak with county citizens.

As part of his campaign to secure the Republican nomination for Kansas governor, Kobach’s visit began with a stop at WATCO where he discussed transportation needs in southeast Kansas.

In an effort to get a better sense of the Pittsburg community, Kobach spoke with faculty at the Colonial Fox Theater Foundation and the Crawford County Museum.

Following his visits to local establishments, the secretary of state spoke as the guest of honor at Crawford County residents Tim and Christy McNally’s home.

“It’s amazing how you’ve got some absolutely thriving and successful family businesses like WATCO and Jake’s Fireworks,” Kobach said. “You’ve just got a lot going on here that a lot of people in the rest of Kansas don’t know about.”

Kobach maintained that many of the most successful companies are family-owned Kansas companies.

“Southeast Kansas has so many entrepreneurs and the most important thing is for government to get out of the way and not overburden them with regulations, not overtax them and not do things to impede the growth because there’s a lot of really industrious people in Pittsburg who have built successful businesses,” he said. “That’s great for Kansas but you don’t want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg, and Pittsburg is one of those places.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.