Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler), flanked by his wife and two of his sons, files for re-election (Photo courtesy: Office of Tim Huelskamp)
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two Republican incumbents say the breakdown in drawing new congressional maps creates uncertainty, but won't keep them from moving ahead with their election campaign.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins officially filed for re-election Monday morning at Memorial Hall, one week ahead of the filing deadline, even though district map lines have yet to be drawn.
"You know, we're going to work hard for whoever is in the district and we've grown fond of the constituents that we are currently representing [and] would love to continue to represent as many of those as the court deems appropriate," Jenkins said after she filed the official paperwork and paid the required $1,760 fee at the Secretary of State's office on 120 SW 10th Avenue.
Jenkins, a Holton Republican, is seeking a third term representing northeast Kansas in the 2nd District.
State lawmakers failed to agree on new maps during their regular session. Now three federal judges are tasked with redrawing district boundaries and handling a federal lawsuit.
"We just had a breakdown this year that shouldn't have occured, but it did" Jenkins said. "I trust the courts will do the right thing." she said.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Fowler, who represents the 1st District of western and central Kansas also filed his paperwork for re-election Monday, accompanied by his wife Angela and two of his four sons.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says without drawn maps, the political process is in limbo.
"The twist in all of this is, until we have the maps, a potential challenger, and indeed an incumbent who wants to run again, won't know for certain that he or she lives in the district," he said.
Kobach last week urged the judges to finish by Friday or issue an interim order pushing the filing deadline back for the state's August 7 primary.