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Jenkins challenger expected to file

By The Herald Staff | 5/21/2014

LAWRENCE — The race for the 2nd Congressional District House seat is expected to heat up today with a Lawrence lawyer officially entering the contest as a Democrat.

Margie Wakefield’s campaign announced Monday the Lawrence Democrat planned to file for office today, challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins has served in the House since unseating Democrat Nancy Boyda in 2009. Wakefield has been unofficially campaigning against the Republican lawmaker for months, with many anticipating her to file sometime before the June 1 filing deadline.

LAWRENCE — The race for the 2nd Congressional District House seat is expected to heat up today with a Lawrence lawyer officially entering the contest as a Democrat.

Margie Wakefield’s campaign announced Monday the Lawrence Democrat planned to file for office today, challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins has served in the House since unseating Democrat Nancy Boyda in 2009. Wakefield has been unofficially campaigning against the Republican lawmaker for months, with many anticipating her to file sometime before the June 1 filing deadline.

A “kickoff rally” for Wakefield’s campaign was set for noon today at Great Overland Station, Topeka.

Wakefield has served as a precinct committeewoman, chair of the statewide Protect the Vote project, and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, according to her campaign website. She is the immediate past chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party and the Second Congressional District Caucus.

She studied at the University of Missouri and received her law degree from the University of Kansas.

Jenkins had not yet filed for office as of late Wednesday.

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