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Second Democrat Enters 4th Congressional District Race

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A Wichita entrepreneur has entered the race for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. Laura Lombard will go up against former 4th District candidate James Thompson in next year’s Democratic primary.

Laura Lombard is CEO of an online workforce training company, and is the founder and former director of a trade association focused on the Middle East. She launched her campaign Saturday at the Service Employees International Union building in Wichita.

In a video announcement, Lombard says she wants to be a strong voice in Washington to represent Kansas families.

“As your U.S. representative, I would like to focus on health care, education, and rebuilding our infrastructure," she says. "Those are the ingredients that we need to build a healthy economy within our state and our country.”

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James Thompson speaks to reporters after the April special election race was called for Republican Ron Estes. Thompson said then that he planned to run again for the 4th Congressional District seat.

The 4th district covers 17 counties across south-central Kansas. Lombard previously ran for the congressional seat in April’s special election; the Democratic nomination went to James Thompson, who lost to Republican Ron Estes by fewer than 10 percentage points. Not long after the race was called, Thompson announced his plans to run again.

Lombard's entrance into the race sets up a Democratic primary next fall.


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