A Basehor man has filed as a candidate for Congress.

A Basehor man has filed as a candidate for Congress.

The election will not take place until 2018. But Vernon Fields said he chose to file early so he can start earning name recognition.

"I needed to get more name recognition out there," he said.

Fields said he will not begin campaigning until he makes a formal announcement about his candidacy in June.

Fields, 60, currently serves on the Basehor City Council.

He has filed as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of Kansas. All of Leavenworth County is in the 2nd District.

The district is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who announced last month that she will not run for re-election in 2018.

"That clearly impacted my decision," Fields said.

Fields said he is running for Congress because he believes the residents of the 2nd District "will benefit from a representative that will resolutely and unambiguously address their concerns and issues." Fields said he believes he is positioned "to be able to articulate and actively address quality of life issues and concerns."

Fields served in the Army as a medic and is retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he relocated to Basehor in 2000. He joined the Basehor City Council in 2012.

The website for the Kansas Secretary of State lists Fields as the only person who has filed as a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in 2018.

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