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GOP’s Adkins taking another shot at 3rd District congressional seat

By: - April 5, 2021 2:33 pm
Amanda Adkins, a Johnson County Republican, says she plans to run in 2022 for the GOP nomination for the 3rd District seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, who defeated Adkins in 2020 by nearly 10 percentage points. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Amanda Adkins, a Johnson County Republican, says she plans to run in 2022 for the GOP nomination for the 3rd District seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, who defeated Adkins in 2020 by nearly 10 percentage points. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — The Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S Rep. Sharice Davids in November plans to take another shot at the congressional seat in 2022.

Amanda Adkins, who climbed the political ladder working with former U.S. Sen. and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, said on social media Monday that she would campaign again for the GOP nomination in the 3rd District.

“Today, I launch my campaign,” she said. “My time as a leader in business innovation with deep health care experience is more important than ever.”

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, right, will again be the 3rd District target of Republican Amanda Adkins, who was defeated by Davids in the November election by 38,000 votes. Davids is the lone Democrat in the Kansas congressional delegation. (Submitted)

Davids, who defeated incumbent GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder in 2018, won re-election in November by drawing 38,000 more votes than Adkins. Davids had 53.5% of the vote against Adkins’ 43.8%, which approximated Davids’ margin of victory over Yoder two years earlier.

It’s possible Adkins’ second attempt could be aided by the Kansas Legislature’s redrawing of 3rd District boundaries to add likely Republican voters and remove likely Democratic voters. Davids’ district covers all of Wyandotte and Johnson counties and part of Miami County, but cutting Wyandotte County in half and pulling in more of Miami County could aid Adkins.

Adkins, of Overland Park, served under Brownback as chairwoman of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. She managed Brownback’s 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate. She also worked a Cerner, a Kansas City-area information technology company. In addition, she was chair of the Kansas Republican Party from 2009 to 2013.

Adkins’ candidacy was endorsed by Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who served in the administration of President Donald Trump as secretary of state and as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Amanda is the leader this country needs in Congress to keep our message of freedom shining bright,” Pompeo said.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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