The race for the District 80 seat in the Kansas House of Representatives is shaping up to be competitive.
The seat currently is held by freshman Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, who won the seat in 2016.
She filed to run for a second term last December, but since has been joined recently by fellow Republican Bill Rhiley.
With two Republicans running in this race, there will be a primary in August. No Democrat has filed yet.
Judd-Jenkins seeks re-election
Judd-Jenkins has participated in a primary before — in 2016, when she ran against longtime incumbent Kasha Kelley.
She and her husband, Ronnie Jenkins, live in Arkansas City.
Judd-Jenkins is a retired marketing vice president and heritage club director for Home National Bank (now RCB Bank).
She is a member of the Arkansas City Rotary Club.
When she ran in 2016, Judd-Jenkins’ platform was simple — taking the people’s voices to the capital.
“I am serious about bringing your voice to Topeka,” Judd-Jenkins said.
She also expressed her feelings about voting according to her constituent opinions during forums that same year.
“I have voted across party lines my entire life and that will not change,” Judd-Jenkins said.
Rhiley for Kansas
Rhiley announced his candidacy for Judd-Jenkins’ seat in January.
He is a resident of Wellington, where he lives with his wife, Diana.
In addition to owning The Belle Plaine News and The Oxford Register newspapers, he has a history in education.
Rhiley has taught both business education and special education.
He has been a member of the Kansas Bed and Breakfast Board, and served as president of that board.
Rhiley also has been a member of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has exercised a strong presence in the 80th House District, according to a press release from his campaign.
Among the issues in his platform are the sanctity of life, the importance of family values, Second Amendment rights and a strong economy.
“He believes that it is crucial to help families keep more of their hard-earned money so that they can pursue their own goals and dreams without the burden of government on their back,” the press release states.
“(His) experience as a small business owner and as an owner of two local newspapers has helped give him the opportunity to hear the concerns of citizens of the 80th District firsthand.”