Dem Paul Davis exploring run for Kansas House seat

Dem Paul Davis exploring run for Kansas House seat

A former Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Kansas says he's exploring a run for a House seat in 2018.

Paul Davis told the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday that he's formed an an exploratory committee to run against Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) in Kansas's 2nd District.

“Now, more than ever, we need good people who are going to go to Washington, D.C., and really represent the interests of the people that live in their district,” Davis said. 

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“Too many elected officials — on both sides of the aisle — have forgotten how to work together to move our country forward.”

Davis, who has served six terms in the Kansas House, lost to Gov. Sam Brownback (R) in 2014.
 
In a statement to the Wichita Eagle, he said he will spend the next several months "traveling through the 2nd district, meeting with Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters and hearing their stories and concerns as I explore a possible run for Congress."
 
During the interview with the Capital-Journal, Davis called it "heart-wrenching to watch families worry about their economic stability."

“It’s upsetting to stand by as special interests corrupt our system of government," he said."It is discouraging to hear students worry about their futures. And it is infuriating to watch our elected officials bicker, divide and betray their constituents.”

He also spoke about the debate to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying there's a disconnect between regular people and politicians in Washington.
 
Republican Ron Estes on Tuesday just eked out a win in a special election for a Kansas House seat after an unexpectedly tough challenge.
 
“There is a great amount of frustration among people right now — maybe more so that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Davis said of that race. 

“Results of the 4th congressional district race showed that people are looking for candidates who are willing to go to Washington, D.C., and really change the status quo."