A Leavenworth minister has announced he's running for the Kansas House of Representatives.
Tony Barton, 52, is running for the 41st District, which is made up of portions of the city of Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth.
Barton, pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Leavenworth, is the second Republican to announce he's running in the 41st District.
"The Republican Party needs to be represented," Barton said.
He said the Democratic Party seems to have a lock on the district.
Barton said he wants to give voters an opportunity to have a choice.
The 41st District currently is represented by Melanie Meier, a Democrat. Leavenworth City Commission Larry Dedeke is the other Republican who has announced he's running for the seat.
A primary will be held Aug. 5. The general election will be Nov. 4, 2014.
Barton said the local economy has struggled and it's been difficult to bring businesses to the community. He said he wants to do something to change that.
"We need to flourish," he said. "We need to grow."
Barton described himself as a supporter of First and Second Amendments.
"I'm pro-life," he said.
Barton has lived in Leavenworth since 1999.
As a child in a military family, Barton moved around a lot. He graduated from Bellvue West High School in Bellvue, Neb., in 1979. He served four years in the Navy and attended Berean College in Springfield, Mo.
This is his first run for political office.
"I just really feel it's time to get involved in this level," he said.
He said he'd been asked about running by former state Rep. Jana Goodman.
Barton said he and supporters have collected signatures so he can file by petition. He said the signatures were turned in this past week.