David Joyce, an independent candidate in the race against U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., for his 1st District seat is considering a run as a Republican.
Joyce, a truck driver from Abilene, said he identifies with traditional Republican values and “just wants to get Huelskamp out of it.”
Joyce ran as an independent in the Oklahoma 4th District seat in 2008 as a “test run” in the three-party race. He received 4.78 percent of the vote.
Joyce said it’s time for the American people to have somebody stand up for them.
“I’m a working class man to represent the working class, the group of people constantly ignored by the government,” he said.
Joyce said he doesn’t see Huelskamp as a challenge based on his discussions with people during his travels through western Kansas for work.
He indicated he would have the support of Tea Party members in his area who supported Huelskamp during his initial run in 2010.
“I don’t believe anybody that wants to oppose Huelskamp based on his record would have a problem beating him,” he said.
Joyce said he has around 4,800 of the 5,000 signatures needed to run for office as an independent, but those signatures wouldn’t apply to a run as a Republican.
Huelskamp ran unopposed during the 2012 election, but that won’t be the case in 2014.
Former Manhattan mayor Jim Sherow announced Monday that he’s exploring whether he’ll enter the race, but he wouldn’t be alone in a Democratic primary.
Wichita State student Bryan Whitney, a Democrat from Wichita, previously filed as a 1st District candidate with the state secretary’s office.