Democrat ponders challenge to Jenkins

Rep. Lynn Jenkins  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Lawrence Democrat is considering challenging GOP incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins next year for the 2nd District U.S. House seat of eastern Kansas.

Margie Wakefield, a family law attorney, says Monday that she is meeting with Democrats in the district to assess her potential to be a candidate. She will spend the next two months meeting with voters before making a formal decision.

Wakefield worked for Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Dole after graduating from college. She said 2nd District voters need representation that will work with Republicans and Democrats on issues.

Jenkins, a former state legislator and state treasurer, was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 when she defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Boyda.

The 2nd District includes the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Pittsburg and Leavenworth.

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