Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Ex-Uber Maps exec Brian McClendon using for office


Brian McClendon, a important engineering executive during startups and vast tech companies, including Google and Uber, has announced his candidacy to run for a open chair of secretary of state of Kansas. He will contest in a Democratic primary scheduled for Aug 7th.

McClendon has been a lifelong engineer, flourishing adult in a state and receiving his undergraduate grade in electrical engineering during a University of Kansas. He spent roughly a decade during Silicon Graphics before apropos a co-founder of Keyhole, a visible mapping startup that would eventually sell to Google in 2004 and turn what is currently famous as Google Earth (Google Earth famously centered a visible creation on McClendon’s childhood home of Meadowbrook Apartments). He was many recently VP of Maps and Business Platform during Uber.

While he has spent many of a past dual decades in a Bay Area, he returned home to Kansas final year following a choosing of President Donald Trump. “Technology can move we home,” he described to me. “We reached a indicate during a finish of 2016 that became cryptic on a domestic side and that was a procedure to give adult my supervision career in a Valley and lapse here.”

McClendon has been a investigate highbrow during a University of Kansas for a past year, though as he was articulate with voters, he satisfied there was a vast opening between a duties of secretary of state and a actions that a stream and former holders of a position have taken.

Software is vicious to many of a systems operated by a secretary, though Kansas’ stream offerings were lackluster, quite in voter registration. “When we started to work on it and built some collection in a area, we was fast means to build something improved than a stream state offering,“ McClendon said. He believes there is an event to take his prior knowledge in Silicon Valley and urge supervision services opposite a house with improved software.

It’s not only usability that is a concern, though also a confidence of that data. McClendon explained to me that voter rolls are one of a few paths states have to rivet with large data, though there are a lot of hurdles in doing rarely supportive and personal information.

He gave a instance of Crosscheck, that is a Kansas-sponsored module to check voter rolls for transcribe electorate by compiling information from 26 other states. Security issues with a upload and download of information has authorised during slightest some of that information to be leaked, and a algorithm for de-duplication has had significantly high rates of fake positives. McClendon described a doing as “sub-par.”

The purpose of secretary of state in Kansas includes doing elections, doing business filings, including incorporations and licensing, and releasing information and reports about Kansas state government, including a state’s Kansas Register.

The stream secretary of state, Kris Kobach, is using for governor. Kobach is among a many outspoken politicians on voter fraud, and he was a “de facto leader” of President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, that looked into claims that adult to 5 million people voted illegally in a 2016 presidential election. That elect was dissolved a few weeks ago.

So far, 5 possibilities have announced their candidacies for a role, including Lucy Steyer, who will contest with McClendon in a Democratic primary, as good as Kelly Arnold, Keith Esau and Scott Schwab, who are using as Republicans according to Ballotpedia. This is McClendon’s initial run for open office.

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