WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Democrats have picked civil rights attorney Jim Thompson to run for the U.S. House seat Mike Pompeo vacated when he became CIA director under President Donald Trump.
The 46-year-old Thompson will run against Republican state Treasurer Ron Estes in the April 11 special election.
Thompson got the nod by a vote of 21-18, over former State Treasurer Dennis McKinney in the final round of voting.
Democrats view it as their best chance to win the seat representing the southern Kansas’ conservative 4th District due to voter discontent.
Republicans have represented the district since Todd Tiahrt unseated veteran Democratic Rep. Dan Glickman in 1994.