A Republican businessman has filed to run for state Rep. Raj Goyle's seat in the 87th House District race.
Joseph Scapa became the second candidate to file for the Republican primary.
"I want to do my part to reduce the size of government and help make Kansas a very business and family-friendly state," Scapa said.
Scapa, 35, joins Eric Payne in the race for the Republican nomination.
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Goyle, a Democrat, announced last summer that he plans to run for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Todd Tiahrt. The filing deadline for the Aug. 3 primary is June 10.
Scapa filed Wednesday.
"I didn't want to wait until the filing deadline," Scapa said. "I wanted to get started and get going on my campaign. I want to have the time to talk with people who live within this district and get out to meet them."
Scapa, a Realtor, is a native Wichitan. He is a 1991 graduate of North High School and has attended Wichita State University and Tabor College in Wichita.
In a statement, Scapa said he is a conservative Republican who supports the Second Amendment and believes government has a responsibility to protect life from conception until natural death.
He also supports market-based solutions to expand health care access and says Kansans should strive to become more energy independent.
Scapa and his wife, Melissa, have one son. He said he believes parents must have more control over the direction of their children's education, including the use of school vouchers.
"The parent is the most qualified person to know what type of education the child needs," Scapa said.
Scapa's preliminary campaign committee includes: Gary Walker, treasurer, Mary Douglas Brown, Willie Kihle, Marilyn Manweiler, Richard Peckham, Neal Secrist, Denny Senseney, Mona Stein and Jerry Winkley.
Lyndsay Stabule, executive director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party, said the party has not yet announced a candidate.