First District Congressional Candidate and lone Democrat Alan Jilka made a stop at The Sentinel Thursday on his way to the state young professionals summit in Hutchinson. Like many of the races’ candidates, Jilka is attempting to shake as many hands and kiss as many babies as possible in the vast 1st District. An announcement Thursday outlined a series of meet-and-greets set for April 27 in northwest Kansas.
Although Jilka says he’s running his campaign just like the other seven candidates- despite not having a primary or other Democrats to content with- but it’s clear he has a much larger mountain to climb to make it to Washington.
He told The Sentinel that fund-raising was going well- adding that he’s raised more than any other Democratic candidate in the Big First, but it’s obvious he’s going to have to convince some moderates to move to the blue side of the ticket.
Jilka also noted that national politics are playing a part in his campaign as people lose interest with health care and begin focusing on the economy and Washington spending.
Despite his inherent lack of voters, Jilka believes he will be able to give the republican primary winner a run for his, or her, money come November.