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James Beard Continuing to Run for Kansas Big First in General Election

Judd Weil-News Director


James Beard, the teacher from Garden City, Kan. and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative for Kansas District 1 (Kansas Big First), following the primary results, stated he still intends to be on the ballot for the November general election.

“It's always been an uphill climb and I’m going to embrace it like that,” said Beard. “Not going to read into this about what it says about me, particularly about me in November.”

Beard stated his election results were encouraging.

About his platform when running for the primaries, Beard stated he feels qualified to run for office because his interest is in working for the people of the Big First, and not his donors.

Despite declaring himself as a Democrat, Beard disregarded party affiliations, stating he will work with whoever he can to make Kansas and the U.S. a better place.

Beard reinforced this following the primaries, stating he will represent, “Anyone who wants responsible representation.

“I’m not going to vote for the party line. Some of our elected leadership want to stick it to the party and what they agree with but not what’s best for the nation,” continued Beard. “It’s not about demographics, we need responsible leadership.”

On his strategy going forward, Beard said he is scheduling events around Kansas District 1.

“Uncontested primary but wanted to let the amendment run its course before I distracted from it,” said Beard. “In the future I will announce events across the district.”

The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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