By Larry Dreiling
Editor’s note: High Plains Journal is taking a look at the Big First primary between two-term incumbent Tim Huelskamp, once a member of the House Ag Committee, and his challenger, Alan LaPolice. The Journal profiles LaPolice this week and plans to profile Huelskamp in the Aug. 4 edition.
Alan LaPolice considers himself a nobody. But the Clyde, Kansas, farmer and first Gulf War veteran is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. House from the Kansas First District. In a short time, he’s built a coalition of agricultural leaders who are supporting him in a primary against incumbent Rep. Tim Huelskamp.
“I’ve got 10 of the most prominent agricultural producers in the state,” LaPolice said. “They will give me ideas on what to do and how to do it.”
As the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Livestock Association have decided to remain neutral in the primary, some of the group’s individual leaders have placed their names as members of LaPolice’s agriculture policy committee.
Such names include Lee Borck of Manhattan, former KLA president and member of the Cattleman’s Beef Board and Jerry McReynolds of Woodston, a KFB director and a recent past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers.Also on the list is Barry Flinchbaugh, Ph.D., professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University.
“I’ve worked with Barry Flinchbaugh, and he’s helped me set my policy,” LaPolice said. “He knows things that I don’t know. He is a genius in agriculture economics policy. This is policy important to Kansas. [Read More]