Turk will run again against Cleaver

Three-time congressional candidate Jacob Turk said on Monday he’ll run a fourth time for the newly redrawn 5th District seat now held by Democrat Emanuel Cleaver.

In announcing his candidacy at Union Station, the 55-year-old Republican cited the economic outlook, job market and increasing national debt.

“Our nation is at a very serious crossroads,” Turk said. “We need a congressman who will focus on the important issues confronting this district and the nation who will get results.”

Two other Republicans, Jerry Nolte and Jason Greene, also are running. Cleaver, first elected in 2004, is expected to seek re-election.

In 2010, Turk for the first time came within single digits of defeating Cleaver, losing 53-44 percent.

Since then, the 5th District has been redrawn as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process. Although it now extends east into rural Lafayette and Saline counties, the reconfigured 5th is considered by some to be even more Democratic-leaning than it was in 2010.

Steve Kraske, skraske@kcstar.com.