Topeka mayor joins race, giving voters a much-needed choice

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Opinion

January 16, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla’s run for Kansas’ 2nd District congressional seat should be praised, and not because we’re deciding to endorse early. No, her run should be praised because of the importance of giving voters a choice.

Kansas elects four representatives to the U.S. House. In all of those four districts, the public should be able to choose from a range of candidates with different approaches to the challenges of the day. That means Democrats and Republicans, and if possible, multiple candidates in open primaries.

In the 1st District, Rep. Roger Marshall has decided to run for the open U.S. Senate seat, which means Republicans Bill Clifford, Tracey Mann and Troy Waymaster are so far vying to replace him. On the Democratic side, Kali Barnett has declared. In the 2nd, the Democrat De La Isla is facing off against Republican Jake Laturner. In the 3rd, Republicans Amanda Adkins, Adrienne Vallejo Foster and Sara Hart Weir have lined up to contest Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids. And in the 4th, incumbent Republican Rep. Ron Estes so far has an uncontested race.

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