LaTurner: Kansans need accountability in Washington

Greg Mast
Jake LaTurner, Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, talks about the issues facing Kansans at a meet-and-greet session Tuesday at Ottawa's Legacy Square.

Jake LaTurner is taking his campaign on the road after being bottled up for the past three months because of COVID-19 concerns.

LaTurner, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, met with the public Tuesday at Ottawa’s Legacy Square. LaTurner has served as the state treasurer since 2017.

He became a candidate because the 2nd District needs truthful representation in Washington, D.C., LaTurner said.

“It is really important for people to count on our congressman in this district,” he said. “We need to keep the seat in Republican hands. Our current congressman is not up to the task of winning in November.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, a Republican, was elected in 2018. A primary battle between Watkins and LaTurner will determine who faces the Democratic challenger, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, in the November general election. The Kansas primary is Aug. 4.

LaTurner feels Kansas needs a leader in Congress who will not only defend Kansas values but take the lead on issues that matter most, including life and the Second Amendment.

LaTurner said farmers need help from its national leaders.

“We need free and fair trade,” he said. “We are struggling with commodity prices. We need deregulation ... broadband.”

LaTurner said it is important to keep a Democrat from winning the seat. He said De La Isla will vote step-for-step with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda.

“The Democrats have gone so far radical, it is hard to find areas of agreement,” he said. “Bring (Kansas) principles with you and see if you can find areas of agreement.”

LaTurner is tired of politicians of not living up to their campaign promises. LaTurner’s contract with Kansas states his campaign pledge. The contract can be viewed at

The contract consists of seven components:

Term limits: “My first official action as Congressman will be to co-sponsor legislation implanting a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress,” LaTurner said. “The challenges we face as a nation will not be tackled if politicians are only focused on the next election.”

Secure the border: “The safety and security of our nation will be among my top priorities and our men and women in uniform will have my total support,” LaTurner said. “Like President Reagan, I support a “Peace Through Strength” approach to national defense. Protecting American interests abroad and at our borders is critical to a free and prosperous society.“

Balance the budget: “There is $22 trillion in federal debt and counting. Politicians in D.C. have been talking about this for years and it’s only getting worse,” LaTurner said. “I will not vote for a budget without a plan to reduce our debt. The Trump tax-cuts are working and rates should not be raised.”

Welfare reform: “Welfare has robbed many individuals of the dignity that comes with hard work,” he said. “Those who fall on hard times deserve a hand up, not a hand out. I will be at the forefront of this fight in Congress, just like I was here in Kansas.”

Pro Life and Pro Second Amendment: “Liberals are working to reshape our culture. In Congress, I will only vote for legislation that I am 100% confident will protect the unborn, our right to practice our faith freely, and the Second Amendment,” LaTurner said.

Ag Committee: “Agriculture is a critical part of the history and future of Kansas,” LaTurner said. “It is important for us to protect our farmers and ranchers by keeping regulations low, finding new markets for trade, and promoting investment in precision ag and UAV technology. I will fight for the best interests of Kansas agriculture in Congress. Our farmers and ranchers will know they have a voice in Washington.”

Lives in Kansas: “I'm a sixth-generation Kansan, and I love this state,” LaTurner said “That is why Suzanne and I live and are raising our children here. My family and I will continue to do so and that will never change.”