James Thompson, Kansas Democrat's primary choice for the District 4 congressional race, opened an office in Pratt this week, his only satellite station in addition to his home-based office in Wichita.

James Thompson, Wichita, won the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District of Kansas in Tuesday's primary election, defeating opponent Laura Lombard with 66 to 34 percent of the vote. He plans to celebrate that win, as well as kick off his November election campaign, at his new Pratt office in the 54 Plaza on Saturday, August 11.

"He's kind of fallen in love with Pratt," said local supporter and Thompson campaign volunteer Alan Albers. "He's been here several times and has been impressed with our progressive town, the community college, the dedication to agriculture and education that he feels here."

Thompson visited Pratt in early May, spending time at a special education cooperative picnic and talking with area citizens. He has criss-crossed through south central Kansas several times since, making an extended stop during the Pratt County Fair just two weeks ago, again, to touch base with his constituents.

"He is a low-budget, grass-roots kind of a guy," Albers said. "I think highly of him, which is why I support him."

Albers said that in addition to focusing on education and agriculture, Thompson had a special place in his heart for military and veteran concerns.

"Thompson credits a special teacher for help- ing him get a good education and pull himself out of poverty," Albers said. "He went into the military and used the GI Bill to finance college. He knows what it's like to work hard for what you have, and he respects that about the people here in Pratt."
Albers said Thompson's main campaign office is in Wichita, where he has more than 150 volunteers who help with canvassing and election fundraising.

"He doesn't take any PAC money," Albers said. "His money comes from the people in his district so he is for the people, by the people."

Thompson will join Albers and other area sup- porters for a grand opening of his Pratt office at 6 p.m. this Saturday at 1219 E. First Street, Suite D. All are welcome to stop by and visit with the Democratic nominee during this time, as well as in the future, with potential office hours set for Wednesday-Saturday. Pratt is the only city Thompson has chosen for a satellite campaign office.

Thompson’s opponent in the November election is incumbent Republican Congressman Ron Estes.