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One of These Is the House District That Includes Smallville, Right?

Which Kansas Republicans are thinking of running for the seat of retiring Democrat Dennis Moore? Er, almost all of them, it seems:

[Olathe] Mayor Michael Copeland has a lot to consider in the next few weeks as he decides whether to join a list of Republicans running for office in the U.S. 3rd congressional district . . .

Former state Rep. Patricia Lightner of Olathe, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2004, announced her candidacy even before Moore decided to retire.

Former state Sen. Nick Jordan, who lost to Moore in 2008, is considering running and State Sen. Jeff Colyer and attorney Kevin Yoder, who also ran unsuccessfully against Moore, filed an exploratory committee on the day of Moore’s announcement. Rep. Pat Colloton and former state Sen. Mark Gilstrap also have filed and former Johnson County Commissioner Chair candidate Charlotte O’Hara is considering a run.

So far, Democrats don’t have a declared candidate; state house minority leader Paul Davis is reportedly thinking it over.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Kansas:

Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, announced Tuesday that he is “strongly considering” entering the race for U.S. Congress in Kansas’ 2nd District. That would mean a primary for incumbent Lynn Jenkins.

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