A group of local residents have started a write-in campaign for current District 80 Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, to retain her seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

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Kelley said she was humbled by their conviction and that she would continue to serve the people of Ark City, should she be elected to do so.

“I am honored to represent the 80th District,” Kelley is quoted as saying on her website, www.kansasleadership.com. “It is a privilege to invest my time, experience and strong work ethic on your behalf.”

She has served six terms — 12 years — as a representative of House District 80, which includes Arkansas City, Caldwell and South Haven.

“Representative Kelley is a fighter for the people. Her voice in Topeka is one we cannot lose,” a representative of the Facebook page The People for Kasha Kelley said in a private message. The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/The-People-for-Kasha-Kelley-1092997504128905.

“When we were approached by a large group of supporters who wanted to orchestrate a write-in, we could not disagree. Therefore, we chose to fight for Representative Kelley, like she has for us so many times,” said the representative.

Kelley lost the August primary to fellow Republican Anita Judd-Jenkins, also of Arkansas City. Judd-Jenkins narrowly defeated Kelley in Cowley County, posting 878 votes (50.5 percent) to Kelley’s 860 (49.4 percent). In southern Sumner County, Judd-Jenkins had 405 votes to Kelley’s 283.

Kelley said the write-in campaign’s ads were being financed with funds she holds for campaigning purposes that were donated to finance her prior election efforts.

She said she represents herself as exactly who she is — pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-individualized education, and for smaller government and lower taxes.

Kelley is the chief executive officer of First Intermark Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Kansas.