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Progressive Leaders To Hold Wichita Rally Supporting James Thompson

Deborah Shaar
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James Thompson is getting some national support in his second bid for the 4th Congressional District seat.

Two leading progressives will be in Wichita next week to campaign for 4th Congressional District candidate James Thompson.

Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hold a “Unite for America” rally in support of Thompson’s second bid for the 4th District seat.

Thompson ran in last year’s special election to replace Mike Pompeo, but lost to Rep. Ron Estes. Thompson, a civil rights lawyer, is facing businesswoman Laura Lombard in next month’s Democratic primary.

The Unite for America rally is at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita. Later that day, Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders will also attend a rally in Kansas City for 3rd Congressional District candidate Brent Welder.

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