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Independent Miranda Allen Kicks Off Campaign For 4th Congressional District

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Sean Sandefur
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KMUW

A businesswoman from Kiowa has thrown her hat into the ring for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Mike Pompeo.

Miranda Allen is an independent and is running on the platform that people are fed up with career politicians and party affiliations.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office formally accepted Allen as a candidate this week after she gathered 9,000 signatures from residents of the 4th Congressional District, which makes up much of south central Kansas.

She’s going up against incumbent Mike Pompeo, who was first elected in 2010, and Democrat Dan Giroux, a lawyer from Wichita.

Allen says people are tired of party politics and that they want to see action in Washington.

“I can work with everyone and not be forced by my party to walk a certain line or make a certain decision," she says. "The big donors of the party up in D.C. controlling us, they’re not going to tell me what to do because I don’t work for them.”

Allen is the CEO of RSI, a telecommunications consulting firm, and says she’ll use her knowledge of economic development to help bring jobs to both rural and urban areas of her district.

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