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Jenkins: Kansans don’t want a political start-up

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

The choice will be clear, Lynn Jenkins said: Either Kansans will choose an established politician or a political start-up to represent them at the national level.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, filed for re-election Tuesday in Topeka, according to a news release. Jenkins will be running for her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. After filing, Jenkins made it known how she feels about her opponent.

The choice will be clear, Lynn Jenkins said: Either Kansans will choose an established politician or a political start-up to represent them at the national level.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, filed for re-election Tuesday in Topeka, according to a news release. Jenkins will be running for her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. After filing, Jenkins made it known how she feels about her opponent.

Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield, a Democrat, is the only other candidate that has filed to challenge Jenkins. Jenkins said Tuesday that voters will choose between an established politician in Jenkins or will choose Wakefield, who has not served an any elected office.

“There will be a very clear choice in this year’s election,” Jenkins said. “Eastern Kansans can choose between someone with a track record of delivering for Eastern Kansas both at the state level and in Congress, or they can choose my opponent (Wakefield) whose only involvement in politics has been campaigning for Democrats through the Democrat Party in Lawrence.”

Jenkins likened Wakefield’s views to that of Pres. Barack Obama, and criticized both Democrats for the policies that Jenkins believes creates a larger government.

“They can choose my opponent who agrees with President Obama that whether it is health care, our personal finances, or our energy sector, the answer to every problem is greater government control,” Jenkins said. “Or, they can choose me who, like most Kansans, believes that whether it is Obamacare, the political targeting at the IRS, or the recent scandals at the VA, too often greater government control leads to greater problems. Real solutions lie in making sure the government works by allowing the private sector to flourish.”

Jenkins said the eastern side of Kansas believes there are other solutions to problems than a larger government.

“Eastern Kansans have a long populist tradition of siding with folks who see themselves and their neighbors and, not the government, as the solution,” Jenkins said. “I am proud to share that view and would be humbled by their continued support.”

According to the release, Jenkins has raised more than $250,000 and she has more than $1.75 million on hand. According to the recent finance reports, Jenkins campaign has a $1.5 million advantage over Wakefield’s campaign, the release said.

Jenkins has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since she was elected to Congress in 2008, defeating incumbent Democrat Nancy Boyda. Before Congress, Jenkins served as the Kansas state treasurer from 2002 until she was elected to Congress. She also served in the Kansas Legislature for four years.

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