A lifelong Kansan, born and raised in McPherson, Kelly Arnold is committed to serving and bettering his home state. After graduating from McPherson High School, Kelly earned degrees in Business Management and Finance from Tabor College.
Kelly knows service is what representing Kansans is ultimately about. He is committed to serving you with efficient government and lessened regulatory burden to allow Kansas families to reach their potential.
Kelly has spent his career in the finance industry and public service. First elected Sedgwick County Clerk in 2008, Kelly is serving his third term. Kelly is a member of the Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association, a network representing the clerks and elections officials in Kansas’ 105 counties. While serving as Clerk, he earned the designation of Certified Master County Clerk, from the WSU Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.
Kelly serves on the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Board, the Board of Directors at Hillsboro State Bank, and is a 16-year member of Sons of the American Legion Post 366, Hillsboro.
A fifth-generation Kansan, Kelly makes his home in Wichita where he is a member of Pathway Church.
As a member of the Kansas County Clerks & Election Officials Association, Kelly has built relationships with those entrusted with the integrity of Kansas elections. Serving on the Executive Committee representing South Central Kansas clerks & election officials, Kelly has a strong understanding of the technology, training, and oversight needed to implement elections.
Secure and fair elections protect your voice at the ballot box. As Secretary of State, Kelly will review all procedures affecting our military voters serving overseas, to ensure they can register to vote, and receive ballots in a timely manner. Kansans risking their lives to defend our nation should never have to wonder if their vote counts.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the engine of a vibrant Kansas economy. Spending time dealing with state government takes time, money, and energy away from growing a business, and creating jobs. Kelly is committed to partnering with the legislature and executive branch to streamline procedures, identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations, and provide Kansans with the resources needed to make compliance with state government simple and fast. The spirit of entrepreneurship should not be held back by time-consuming regulatory burdens.
As Sedgwick County Clerk, Kelly has firsthand experience in providing quality, efficient service to Kansans and in supporting elections officials across the state. The office of the Clerk is entrusted with a budget of over $1 million in taxpayer dollars and annually processes over 74,000 real-estate transactions. In his first two terms, Kelly returned over $400,000 taxpayer dollars while maintaining the quality, professional service Sedgwick County taxpayers expect and deserve. The County Clerk is tasked with securing the public's access to proceedings, transactions and reports of the county's governing board, as well as real property ownership transfers within Sedgwick County. Under Kelly’s leadership, the office has digitized nearly one million individual property records. These records have been organized, cataloged and placed into a searchable electronic database which is accessed by the public daily for property ownership research.
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