Democrat Announces For U.S. Second District Seat

A former U.S. Navy intelligence officer is running as a Democrat for Congress in eastern Kansas.

Patrick Schmidt, 30, is the first Democrat seeking to challenge freshman Republican Representative Jake LaTurner in the 2nd District in 2022, The Kansas City Star reports.

Schmidt’s campaign finance director, Jon Ediger, said the candidate moved to Topeka after leaving active duty military service earlier this year.

He served overseas in the Pacific and Middle East.

He remains in the Naval Reserves.

Schmidt grew up in Johnson County outside the district, but five generations of his family lived in Pittsburg in the district’s southeast corner, Ediger said.

Schmidt said he wants to make health care and education more affordable.

His website details financial struggles his family faced because of educational costs and his late father’s chronic illness.

“Instead of investing in our future and rebuilding our economy, we are divided by partisan bickering,” Schmidt said in a statement.