Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) files for reelection to a fourth term in Congress on May 27, 2014 (WIBW/Jovarie Downing)
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins made her bid for a fourth term official. The 2nd Congressional District representative filed the official paperwork during an event at the Secretary of State's office in Memorial Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
"Eastern Kansans have a long populist tradition of siding with folks who see themselves and their neighbors and, not the government, as the solution," said Jenkins. "I am proud to share that view and would be humbled by their continued support.”
Jenkins' camp noted she raised more than $250,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and is sitting on $1.75 million in cash, which they said is more than $1.5 million more than her potential Democratic opponent Marsha Wakefield, a divorce lawyer from Lawrence.
“There will be a very clear choice in this year's election," said Jenkins. "Eastern Kansans can choose between someone with a track record of delivering for Eastern Kansas both at the state level and in Congress, or they can choose my opponent whose only involvement in politics has been campaigning for Democrats through the Democrat Party in Lawrence."
"Real solutions lie in making sure the government works by allowing the private sector to flourish," she added.
Jenkins characterized the voter's choice as one between herself - someone who believes "too often greater government control leads to greater problems" - and someone who agrees with President Barack Obama on issues like healthcare, personal finances, and energy, a point to which Wakefield quickly objected.
“Lynn Jenkins opened her campaign today with lies and misdirection," said Mark Sump, Wakefield's campaign manager. "She needs to stop, right now, inventing Margie Wakefield's positions so that they fit into her fear tactics while pushing emotional hot buttons. We will not fall into the sewer with her."
With Jenkins' candidacy official, Wakefield challenged her to a debate on Tuesday.
"Jenkins said she's willing. The question is when and where. Margie is ready now,” said Camp.