The spokesman for Gov. Jeff Colyer is heading to Connecticut to work for another Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Kendall Marr, who directed communications for Colyer's primary campaign, has taken a similar position for Bob Stefanowski, who trails Democrat Ned Lamont by 4 to 13 points in recent polls.

"It has been the honor of a lifetime to work for a true leader like Gov. Colyer," Marr said. "I am proud of the work our team was able to accomplish over the past few months, and I am confident they will continue to build on the progress they have achieved in the months ahead."

Marr will be replaced by Kara Zeyer, formerly Kara Fullmer, who became the governor's press secretary when he took office earlier this year. She joined his staff in August 2017.

"In the past year, we have accomplished many of the goals we laid out, including changing the tone here in Topeka," Zeyer said. "I am excited to continue listening, serving and leading with Gov. Colyer as we finish out the next five months."

Colyer lost a contentious Republican primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach by 350 votes. Reflecting on the campaign's challenges in a recent interview, Marr said "we overkicked the coverage" by keeping the race close.

"I’m appreciative of the great work that Kendall Marr has provided over the past year, and I’d like to wish him well in his future endeavors," Colyer said. "Kara Zeyer has been a valuable part of our team from the beginning, and I know that she will continue to excel in this new position."

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