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The Kansas Farm Bureau endorsed political candidates

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner (Submitted)
Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner (Submitted)(WIBW)
Published: May. 1, 2020 at 6:24 PM CDT
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The Kansas Farm Bureau announced endorsements this week for a trio of candidates.

The advocates for rural Kansas are supporting former Lieutenant Governor Tracey Mann for Kansas' first congressional district race.

“Kansas Farm Bureau’s endorsement is the gold standard in Kansas’ Big First District," Mann said. "It is so important because it represents grassroots support from ag producers at the county level who make up the vast Farm Bureau organization throughout the District. Kansas Farm Bureau is the most bottom up, grassroots organization in Kansas and its endorsement means even more given the importance of agriculture and the role it plays in the First Congressional District. I am humbled by their support.”

That's where incumbent Roger Marshall is seeking a senate seat. The Farm Bureau endorsed Marshall in that race. They chose him over fellow GOP candidates Kris Kobach, Susan Wagle, and Dave Lindstrom.

"Words cannot begin to express how important the endorsement of Kansas Farm Bureau is to my family, and to my campaign," Rep. Marshall said. "Kansas Farm Bureau has been – and will always be – the voice of Kansas agriculture."

In the second congressional district, the organization endorsed state treasurer Jake LaTurner over the incumbent Steve Watkins, which required two-thirds of their board's approval.

“Kansas Farm Bureau is the voice of agriculture in our state and I am humbled and grateful for the confidence they have placed in me as their candidate to win the Republican primary in August. The agricultural industry is key to our state’s economy and the livelihood of so many Kansans. Our ag producers can be confident that I will be a tireless advocate for them in Washington, D.C., and always represent our conservative Kansas values,” said LaTurner.

The organization said they appreciate the candidates' proactive work for farmers and agriculture.

“Tracey Mann will be an outstanding Congressman for the Big First District,” says Richard Felts, a Montgomery County farmer who serves as president of Kansas Farm Bureau. “His experience as Lt. Governor, combined with his deep understanding of rural Kansas and our short and long-term challenges and opportunities, make Tracey Mann the clear choice this year.”

“We are pleased to endorse Jake LaTurner to represent our state in the 2nd district because he understands the importance of agriculture and the impact of trade, low regulations and improved infrastructure to our way of life in Kansas," Felts said. "We know Jake will be proactive in working with members of Congress to protect our ag interests here at home for years to come.”

"We’ve heard loud and clear from our members that Rep. Marshall is the best candidate for the U.S. Senate," Felts said. "He has shown his ability to be a leader for farmers and ranchers as a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and I know he will continue to be a leading voice in shaping federal policy for agriculture and rural America."