- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Democratic Wichita attorney who once served as an assistant prosecutor said he will try to unseat Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo next year.

Dan Giroux, who made his announcement Thursday, said in a news release that the people in the 4th District of south-central Kansas need a representative who will stand up for them and “not special interests,” The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1GobGzG ).

Giroux is a partner at the Dugan & Giroux. The law firm’s website says Giroux was raised in Wichita along with his 10 brothers and sisters. He was an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County between 1999 and 2003 before joining the law firm.

“As someone who grew up here, went to school here and is raising a family here, I feel that Washington is out of touch with the needs of our community, and we need to correct that before the American Dream is lost,” Giroux said.

Pompeo was first elected to Congress in 2010, running for an open seat after Rep. Todd Tiahrt vacated his position for a failed U.S. Senate run. Since then, the congressman has faced few electoral difficulties, garnering 62 percent of the votes in the 2012 election. In the 2014 primary, Pompeo easily defeated Tiahrt’s attempt to regain his House seat and then won decisively in the general election.

James Richardson, a volunteer with Pompeo for Congress and the congressman’s former campaign manager, said Pompeo will continue to be a “strong, conservative voice” for Kansas values in Washington.

“Congressman Mike Pompeo has earned the trust of Kansans by working hard on their behalf every single day. He will continue to do just that,” Richardson said.

The state’s 4th Congressional District has been represented by Republicans since 1995, when Tiahrt defeated nine-term incumbent Rep. Dan Glickman, a Democrat.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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