The Buzz

July 16, 2013

Wakefield may challenge Jenkins

Democrat Margie Wakefield is meeting with 2nd District Kansas Democrats to gauge her prospects

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A sign of life from the Kansas Democratic Party:

Lawrence Democrat Margie Wakefield, a family law attorney, said she may challenge GOP incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins next year for the 2nd District U.S. House seat.

Wakefield said she’s meeting with Democrats in the district to assess her potential to be a candidate. She will spend the next two months meeting with voters before making a formal decision.

Wakefield worked for Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Dole after graduating from college. She said 2nd District voters need representation that will work with Republicans and Democrats on issues.

Jenkins, a former state legislator and state treasurer, was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 when she defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Boyda.

The 2nd District includes the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Pittsburg and Leavenworth.

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