JoCo Notes: GOP field to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids takes shape

From left, Prasanth Reddy, Jonathon Westbrook and Karen Crnkovich are all vying to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids in 2024. Images via Facebook and courtesy candidates' campaign websites.

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Three Republican candidates now appear to be in the running to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids in 2024.

On Tuesday, Johnson County oncologist Prasanth Reddy formally launched his bid for Congress.

“As an immigrant, I’ve lived the American dream, and I’ve spent my life trying to give back to the country that gave me everything,” Reddy said in a statement. ““Right now, our country is at a breaking point, and there’s no time to sit on the sidelines.”

Reddy, an Indian-American who is currently an executive with Labcorp and an officer in the Air Force Reserve, emphasized the need to lower crime, secure the southern U.S. border and ensure that “parents have a voice” in their children’s education.

Meanwhile, small business owner Karen Crnkovich is also running as a Republican.

On her campaign website, Crnkovich emphasizes border security, support for small businesses and fiscal responsibility.

“We need thoughtful leaders in Congress who truly understand the problems plaguing our families, towns, and nation,” she said in a recent statement. “We need job creators and problem solvers who are committed to addressing main street issues.”

Multiple media outlets report a third GOP contender, Jonathon Westbrook, is also planning to run.

Westbrook is a former Kansas City, Kansas, police officer, a one-time White House Fellow and the current treasurer of the Kansas Black Republican Council.

Davids has won Kansas’ Third Congressional District in three straight elections, all by double digit margins over her Republican rivals.

In a statement, Davids’ campaign said any Republican challenger should be pressed on their stance on abortion.

“The Republicans are in a race to the right to find the most extreme, anti-abortion candidate despite Kansans’ overwhelming support of reproductive rights as shown in the anti-abortion amendment vote last year and in the November election. Any Republican candidate that can’t definitively say they voted against the dangerous anti-abortion amendment vote last year … will have to answer for their radical and out of step position,” the statement said.

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A scene from a “bubble party” put on by Blue Valley Rec. Stay cool out there. Photo via Instagram.

A scene from a “bubble party” put on by Blue Valley Rec. Photo via Instagram.