Former Manhattan mayor Jim Sherow is considering running against U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., for the 1st District seat in Congress.
Sherow, K-State history professor and city commissioner from 2007 to 2012, officially formed his exploratory committee on Jan. 1.
Huelskamp is up for reelection in November.
Sherow said he’s exploring a campaign against Huelskamp because the congressman is “not representing the best interest of the 1st District.”
He listed Huelskamp’s votes against the farm bill – due to the food stamp program – and budget bills that included funding for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) as examples of improper representation.
“There has to be a willingness to work together to get things done,” Sherow said. “He hasn’t shown that ability.”
Sherow said this has been harmful to Kansans.
“His inability to work even within his own party has led (House Speaker John) Boehner kicking him off the (agriculture) committee,” he said. “Agriculture is our most important industry in Kansas, and we aren’t represented.”
Sherow said the final straw came during the government shutdown in October when Huelskamp, along with other Republican congressmen, criticized the World War II memorial being closed because of the shutdown.
“There they were complaining about the World War II memorial closing when they were the primary cause,” he said.
“I thought about the sacrifices my father and uncles made during World War II. That was using my father’s and uncles’ and others’ sacrifices during WWII for his own political gain.”
Sherow said he isn’t sure when he would make a decision about officially entering the race.
“It’s going to take us a while,” he said. “The 1st District is huge. We’re looking at every single community that we can. As soon as we feel like the support is there or not there, we will make that decision.”