Jenkins aims for 5th term; 2 Democrats file to oppose her

Mark Pryor (left) and Britani Potter plan to run as Democrats, bidding to take the seat from...
Mark Pryor (left) and Britani Potter plan to run as Democrats, bidding to take the seat from incumbent Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins (WIBW)(WIBW)
Published: May. 5, 2016 at 10:39 PM CDT
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Two northeast Kansas Democrats are vying for their chance to challenge incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the race for the 2nd District congressional seat.

On Thursday, the Republican congresswoman filed the paperwork to run for her fifth-term. The Holton native and K-State alum serves as the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference.

"I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to represent Eastern Kansans in Congress each and every day," Jenkins said. "Today, I ask for your vote to continue this great honor as I work to ensure that Kansans are heard and respected in the halls of Congress."

Jenkins won't go unchallenged. An Ottawa school board member and retired teacher are vying for the chance to face off against her this November.

Britani Potter announced her candidacy on Facebook on Wednesday. She says she wants to fight for everyday Kansans on a national level.

"It really is simple. If the policy benefits the people we serve, it should pass, no matter what side of the aisle it originated from," she said on her website.

She was elected to the Ottawa School Board last year.

Her primary opponent will be Mark Pryor, who was a classroom teacher for 43 years. Pryor says he believes many leaders have forgotten what it is like for ordinary Americans and he wants to show Kansans that an ordinary person can represent them in the house.

"The beliefs that I hold dear are nearly identical to those of Bernie Sanders, and I want to be available to him to assist in his political revolution," he said.

Pryor added that he will not take contributions from corporations, large or small, for his campaign.