Democrat files for Kansas 1st District seat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University history professor and former Manhattan mayor has filed for the Democratic primary in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

Jim Sherow filed the paperwork Wednesday to put his name on the Aug. 5 ballot. The seat is currently held by conservative Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who is seeking a third term.

Sherow joins Bryan Whitney of Wichita in the Democratic primary. Huelskamp is being challenged in the Republican primary by Alan LaPolice of Clyde.

The 1st Congressional District is the state’s largest, covering all of western and most of central Kansas.

Sherow says he wants to promote cooperation in Congress and represent the Kansas district’s agricultural interests. Huelskamp was removed from the House Agriculture Committee in 2012 by Speaker John Boehner.

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