'Big 1st' voters choosing between incumbent, Democratic challenger

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Kansas' First Congressional District, "the Big First" is a largely conservative district where issues impacting farmers are the top priority.

On Tuesday, voters are deciding whether incumbent Roger Marshall should continue representing the district that sent him to Washington, D.C. in January 2017, or if it's time for new leadership from Democratic challenger Alan LaPolice.

Both are in agreement that rural Kansas and agricultural producers in the state deserve a boost and supportive legislation from Capitol Hill.

One topic of contention for LaPolice concerned a new farm bill and what needs to happen to get a new piece of legislation passed. At a forum last month, he criticized Marshall for failing to get a farm bill passed.

Marshall promised a fair piece of legislation for Kansas ag producers and says Democrats in the House need to come to the table and negotiate seriously to move forward.

Overall confidence in Marshall and his ability to lead representatives to a farm bill that will benefit rural Kansans appears to be the top issue concerning "Big First" voters.