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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Newcomer challenging Congressional incumbent

  • Josh Tucker feels Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is not as grounded in the U.S. Constitution as she should be, and that's why he's challenging her in the Republican Party primary.
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    • Candidate at a glance ...

      Name: Josh Tucker


      Age: 31


      Party: Republican


      City: Ne...

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      Candidate at a glance ...

      Name: Josh Tucker



      Age: 31



      Party: Republican



      City: Near Pittsburg



      Occupation: Web developer and systems analyst at Pittsburg State University



      Running for: U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas Second District



      Political experience: This is his first run for public office.



      Website: Tuckerforcongress.com.

  • Josh Tucker feels Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is not as grounded in the U.S. Constitution as she should be, and that's why he's challenging her in the Republican Party primary.
    "I want to see a government that is bent on securing rights not securing privileges for people," he said.
    Tucker, 31, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kansas' Second District, which includes Leavenworth County. He will face Jenkins in the Aug. 5 primary election.
    Jenkins is seeking a fourth term in Congress.
    Advance voting for the primary has started and will continue through noon Aug. 4.
    The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Margie Wakefield and Libertarian Chris Clemmons in the Nov. 4 general election.
    Tucker, who lives near Pittsburg, visited Leavenworth on Monday and spoke to members of the Leavenworth County Republican Women's Club.
    The candidate said his primary opponent has made several votes he disagrees with, including raising the federal government's debt ceiling.
    He argues that Congress is "spending away our children's future."
    "Debt spending today is a tax tomorrow," he said.
    He said the U.S. dollar is being diminished as a world standard.
    Tucker said he believes the federal government operates far outside the scope of the Constitution.
    He believes many members of Congress feel they're only limited in what they can do while in office by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    "And that's basically no limit at all," he said.
    Tucker said he wants to have a constitutionally limited government.
    He said he believes most of the problems with the federal government are a direct result or symptom of it being far removed from the Constitution.
    Tucker is employed at Pittsburg State University as a web developer and systems analyst.
    Tucker said he grew up in Independence and is a sixth generation Kansan.
    "My roots go back before statehood," he said.
    Tucker said he enjoys meeting people and spreading the message of the Constitution as he campaigns.
    Even if he loses the race, Tucker hopes his candidacy will lead to more of a push for Congress adhering to the Constitution.

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