Former Manhattan mayor declares candidacy for congress

Former Manhattan Mayor Jim Sherow officially filed paperwork today to seek the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives in the First District.

Sherow, a fourth-generation Kansan born in Hutchinson, said he decided to run to bring an end to Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s ineffective representation and lack of leadership.

“The First District has a long history of effective representation from the likes of Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Keith Sebelius and Bob Dole,” Sherow said.  “But those days ended with the election of Tim Huelskamp.  Kansans tell me it’s time to end the ideological grandstanding that makes our state the butt of late night talk show jokes and get back to meeting our responsibility to serve the people of Kansas.”

Sherow said Huelskamp caused serious damage to the First District when his infighting with the Republican Party got him kicked off the Agriculture Committee, leaving Kansans without a voice in the critical Farm Bill negotiations.

While Huelskamp was getting kicked off the Budget Committee, Sherow was working as a City Commissioner and Mayor in Manhattan, achieving real results  — Manhattan enjoyed steady economic prosperity and some of the lowest unemployment in the nation.

“During my time on the City Commission, I worked diligently with members of the business community to help create prosperity and growth,” Sherow said.  “I will bring that same approach to Washington. Tim Huelskamp’s abrasiveness cost him a seat at the negotiating table to help frame the policies that keep Kansas open for business.”

Sherow promises to restore respect, responsibility, and representation to the office rather than Huelskamp’s self-serving, never-ending quest for attention.

“Our government isn’t just divided, it’s paralyzed; and it’s going to take hard work, perseverance, and a pragmatic approach to get it back on its feet and working for the people.” Sherow said.  “It’s about results.”

Sherow is a Kansas historian at Kansas State University and a small business owner.  He served his country during the Vietnam War, taking a leave from his studies at Wichita State University to volunteer for the United States Air Force, where he served with honor for four years.

“President Eisenhower said it best,” Sherow said. ‘“This [nation] of ours must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.'”

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