Kansas Farm Bureau PAC endorses four GOP incumbents, silent on 3rd District race

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TOPEKA — The Kansas Farm Bureau Political Action Committee on Tuesday approved the re-election of Republicans, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and U.S. Representatives Ron Estes, Jake LaTurner and Tracey Mann.

The PAC — voters organized to elect Friends of the Farm Bureau — did not endorse anyone in the 3rd District race involving Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and likely GOP nominee Amanda Adkins.

The PAC is made up of farmers and ranchers who are members of the Farm Bureau. Individual suggestions and recommendations from County Farm Bureau organizations were considered in endorsements drawn from “clear majorities” supporting Republican incumbents, the organization said.

Moran, who has served in the US Senate since 2011, represented Western Kansas’ 1st Agricultural District from 1997 to 2011. He is seeking a third term in the US Senate.

“Sen. Moran has been a strong supporter of Kansas agriculture and our rural way of life,” said Rich Felts, chairman of the Farm Bureau. “He provides a vital voice in the Senate.”

Moran was praised for his support of federal crop insurance and his opposition to “bureaucratic regulation” by Congress, as well as his rejection of the idea of ​​a “strengthened base,” which refers to the adjustment of an inherited asset at its fair market value on the date of the deceased’s death. the death. The Farm Bureau said the change would compromise estate planning for ranchers and farmers in Kansas.

The PAC endorsed Mann, of the 1st Rural District covering 60 counties reaching the Colorado border; LaTurner of the 2nd District which previously included Lawrence in eastern Kansas; and Estes, of the 4th District which included Wichita.

Felts said Mann had a “deep understanding” of rural Kansas and LaTurner had an “innate sense” for family farming. Both are seeking a second term in the U.S. House.

Estes, who has been in the U.S. House since 2017, has a brand of leadership that “continues to earn him respect and influence,” Felts said.

“During his time on the Hill, Congressman Ron Estes proved himself to be a true friend of the farmer,” Felts said.

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