LaTurner running for 2nd District seat, says race is ‘vital’

Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner announced on Wednesday his intent to run for the Republican nomination for Kansas’ Second District in Congress. He’s running against incumbent Republican Steve Watkins.

“The fact is that the current Congressman that we have is putting this seat in jeopardy,” LaTurner said. “He’s going to turn it over to a Democrat, just like we have another seat that has turned to the Democrats this last election cycle. I think that it’s vital that we hold on to this seat. That’s why I’m in.”

LaTurner was a State Senator from southeast Kansas prior to serving in his current capacity.

“The Second District has always been home to us,” said LaTurner. “I’m from the south part of the district. I grew up in Galena, in the Pittsburg area. My wife is from Chanute. We live in Topeka now. I know this district very well. I know the people in this district. I know that they want to have a representative in Congress that they can count on, somebody that they can trust to deliver results. You can’t deliver results if you don’t take your campaign seriously.”

LaTurner is running for Congress to give a better future to his four children.

“The fight for the future of this country is taking place in Washington, D.C.,” said LaTurner. “I’m leading with the Contract With Kansas. I call it a contract for a reason. I want folks to know exactly where I’m going to be on the issues. I want to empower them to hold me accountable for what I say that I’m going to do. I believe that we need term limits at the federal level. We have to balance our budget. These trillion-dollar deficits aren’t going to work. We need to, for once and all, secure the border and build the wall, reform this immigration system that we have.”

Those are just highlights of LaTurner’s priorities. His full Contract with Kansas is available at