The founder and former executive director of the Kansas Nonprofit Chamber of Service announced Thursday he plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo.
Perry Schuckman will seek the Democratic nomination in the August primary election. Pompeo, a Republican who serves Kansas’ Fourth District, is running for re-election.
Schuckman, 55, has not served in public office. He ran unsuccessfully two years ago in the Democratic primary for former state Sen. Jean Schodorf’s District 25 seat. He said in a news release that his background in nonprofit work would serve him well in Washington, D.C.
“I have spent thirty-plus years bringing folks to the table to find solutions that help everyone. I believe this type of problem-solving experience is essential in Washington, D.C.,” Schuckman said in the release. “... It is rare that anybody has the opportunity to connect the dots between single mothers, the disabled, patrons of the arts, volunteer board members and local business owners to realize what a community can do for each other. I am very fortunate to have seen what our communities are capable of first hand.”
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Schuckman ran the nonprofit chamber for eight years. He resigned about a year ago and said he was thinking of running for public office.
Earlier, he worked in California, where he said he opened several medical clinics and homeless shelters and managed food service programs that helped families.
He grew up in Hutchinson and has a master’s degree in public administration from the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University.