OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas corporate executive with political ties to former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has launched a campaign to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids.
Amanda Adkins filed paperwork last week with the Federal Election Commission creating a campaign committee for a run for the GOP nomination in the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District.
Her move sets up a contested GOP primary for the right to challenge Davids. Former National Down Syndrome Society CEO Sarah Hart Weir opened her campaign in July.
Adkins is a vice president for the medical computer systems firm Cerner Corp.
She managed Brownback's successful U.S. Senate re-election campaign in 2004 and was Kansas Republican Party chairwoman when Brownback was elected governor in 2010.
She then served as the Kansas Children's Cabinet's chairwoman for seven years.