TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Republican Jake LaTurner wins election to U.S. House in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. He faced Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla.
LaTurner is a former state senator who has served as treasurer since 2017.
“The first priority is the contract with Kansas, making sure we get the budget balanced without raising taxes, making sure we reform the immigration system, passing term limits is something we desperately need in this country. We need people in Congress with fresh ideas and fresh view points,” said LaTurner.
In August, LaTurner unseated freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the Republican primary with Watkins facing felony criminal charges.
De La Isla has served as Topeka mayor since 2018 and previously spent five years on the city council. She is the first Latina and single mother to serve as mayor.
De La Isla released the following statement:
“Thank you for standing up for what you believe in, running for office takes courage. That’s what democracy is all about. Tonight’s results were not what we were looking for, but I am proud of the campaign that we ran.”