Republicans Fight for Right to Face Boyda

Posted April 10, 2007 at 1:05pm

It appears as though a Republican primary is in the offing in the 2nd district, as state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) has launched an exploratory committee to examine challenging Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) next year.

Former Rep. Jim Ryun (R), whom Boyda defeated in November, already has begun campaigning to get his old job back, and both he and Jenkins could end up duking it out for the nomination to this Republican-leaning, Eastern Kansas seat.

“I have traveled the 2nd district and listened carefully to what folks have on their minds and continue to receive strong encouragement to run for Congress,” Jenkins said in a written statement, according to a report in The Wichita Eagle.

Ryun on Monday released preliminary fundraising numbers for the first quarter. The former Congressman raised $275,000 and has $255,000 in cash on hand.

Jenkins, meanwhile, was just re-elected to her second term as state treasurer. She served two years in the Kansas House of Representatives and two years in the state Senate before assuming her current job in 2002.

The 2nd district is a majority GOP seat and is expected to be targeted heavily for a pickup by both national and local Republicans.

— David M. Drucker